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Hello everyone!

My rat, Pam, is currently going through a number of ailments. (I made a post regarding her URI a few weeks ago.) I have another question, though, that I’m concerned about. Her heart rate is off? It’ll beat really hard/fast and her entire body will shake? This rarely happened in the past, but now it’s becoming more of a common occurrence. (I'm bad at explaining, I know. Watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxsJ-j6IM54 ) Could she have congestive heart failure? Could it be related to the URI she had recently? Do you have any other ideas on what it could be? I’m worried about my lil gal!

Like I’ve previously mentioned, she’s also sleeping nonstop. I’m unsure if this is because of her age – she’s almost 2 – or if it’s a cause for concern? She's eating and drinking normally.

Anyhow, any advice would be really appreciated. Thanks for taking the time to read this, and have a good day! :)
 

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Did your vet do an X-Ray? On an X-Ray CHF will look like an enlarged heart and likely whitish lungs which means there is water in or around the lungs.

My Gribouilli was diagnosed with congenital congestive heart failure when she was 16 months and died 6 weeks later:(The vet prescribed amoxicillin and baytril in case she gets pneumonia as CHF with water in lungs makes pneumonia very likely. Also pneumonia can causes CHF, so if your rats didn't respond to her antibiotics that also can cause CHF. When my Gribouilli got diagnosed with CHF she got a diuretic and also a med to help her heart beats more efficiently. I will have to look over my notes to tell you exactly what meds, I can't remember of the top of my head.
 

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Here are two videos I took of my Gribouilli when I first noticed her heavy breathing. It really came overnight. Gribouilli was always the least active if my rats and I assumed it was her personality...however according to my vet she had a bad heart from birth. Regardless of whether CHF is due to old age, or pneumonia, or congenital...she will need an X-Ray and meds to make her feel better.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=gnz3o3r-c_8

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=iXu445W4i1w
 

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I wouldn't x-ray a rat with respiratory issues and potential heart failure unless the vet can do it without putting them under, as they are at high risk under anaesthetic. To be honest and enlarged heart is only present in some cases of heart issues. The more reliable way to diagnose is to try heart meds, that's a diuretic (like frusomide) and an ace inhibitor (like fortekor), if they respond in 3-5 days then it likely is a heart issue.

Pnumonia and severe infections all put strain on the heart, the additional work it has to do to keep the body going can hit it hard.
 
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