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Hi , Recently my newest girl has started sneezing , and I mean ALOT.I dont think 5 minutes passes without at least 3 sneezes.When I first got her she sneezed alot but then it stopped.
I know ive got to get her to the vet asap but was just wondering on average how much its likely to cost ? Do they charge an initial fee then the treatment costs or do you only pay for the treatment ?
Its likely ill need enough medication for 2 rats as I have also noticed my older female sneezing at times.
If the sneezing is a respiratory illness how effective is the treatment ? and is it likely to re-cur ?
 

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Sneezing usually indicates myco, and the vet will more than likely give you some Baytril for them.

Seeing one rat currently costs me £12, although some places charge less and some upto £20. The Baytril costs pence but vets will mark it up.

If its the first time you have been to a vet, you should really try to find a small animals/exotics vet. Try here
Use the advanced search and tick exotics

I live out in the country, and we have a lot of vets, but most are used to livestock, dogs and cats, so its worth finding an exotics vet.

My vet weighs the ratties, works out the dosage, and then gives me enough Baytril to last as long as we need, and a couple of syringes.

My vet tried to tell me to put some in water everyday for them, but the problem is THEY KNOW and they can de-hydrate because they won't drink.

So I always ask for them to tell me how much to give each rat daily, and mix this with something they like - try babyfood, or yoghurt, but only mix enough to hide the taste as they may leave some - everyday until we run out (usually 2 weeks to start with)

Last time I got Baytril it cost me £4ish on top of the consulation of £12 for a maximum dosage for a 350gram rat for 2 weeks.

In the meantime, make sure your ratties are not exposed to anything dusty, don't use spray deodorants and such around them, make sure there are no drafts, but that air can circulate around them.
 

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xampx said:
Sneezing usually indicates myco, and the vet will more than likely give you some Baytril for them.

Seeing one rat currently costs me £12, although some places charge less and some upto £20. The Baytril costs pence but vets will mark it up.

If its the first time you have been to a vet, you should really try to find a small animals/exotics vet. Try here
Use the advanced search and tick exotics

I live out in the country, and we have a lot of vets, but most are used to livestock, dogs and cats, so its worth finding an exotics vet.

My vet weighs the ratties, works out the dosage, and then gives me enough Baytril to last as long as we need, and a couple of syringes.

My vet tried to tell me to put some in water everyday for them, but the problem is THEY KNOW and they can de-hydrate because they won't drink.

So I always ask for them to tell me how much to give each rat daily, and mix this with something they like - try babyfood, or yoghurt, but only mix enough to hide the taste as they may leave some - everyday until we run out (usually 2 weeks to start with)

Last time I got Baytril it cost me £4ish on top of the consulation of £12 for a maximum dosage for a 350gram rat for 2 weeks.

In the meantime, make sure your ratties are not exposed to anything dusty, don't use spray deodorants and such around them, make sure there are no drafts, but that air can circulate around them.
At least someones' vet weighs the dosage, rat I mean, and works out the dosage.. :roll:
It was £6 for Creams' Baytril, 100grams for ten days. 0.10mil wasn't enough for him, and his weight. (Or any rat.)

Anyway the information above is great. ^^
So I don't think there's much else for me to say. :)
 

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My prescriptions each cost me £9-£11 each I think, and the consultation is £18. This is for a specialised small animals and exotics vet.
 

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phobie - ditto.
 

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I only know of two vets that treat rats in the area - both are in St Albans

Animalism - £10 consult charge (approx), £4 for an injection if required and I think it's between £6-8 for Baytril - depending on how much you need. This vet is my regular. You can PM me if you want more details

Bishops vetinary surgery (I don't reccommend much), £25 consult (15 minutes, £37 if it goes over) and I didn't stay long enough to dare ask about med costs.
 

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Phobie said:
Can you get Baytril anywhere, for emergencies?
I don't think so. My vet had real problems when I first started visiting and only dosed me for the required treatment period. He will now give me a bottle of Baytril - which I use to treat minor URI's etc as they come up. But that's only because I've established a trust relationship with him.

Generally vets do not encourage self-medicating (none that I know of anyway).

It might not hurt to ask your vet as a 'just in case', but remember it does have a shelf-life (the bottle says 28 days from opening) so by the time an emergency comes around, it may not be effective
 
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