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For the past months , my rat has been acting weird. He seemed to have a personality change a few months back. He was curious, jumpy, active, etc. Now he just sits around or lays on me. He has lost a lot of weight and I can feel his bones. He breathes really fast or like he's having trouble. I feed him a small amount of oatmeal every day to try to bring his weight up. My vet is inexperienced with rats but we can get antibiotics which I make him take but they never make a difference. I don't know what to do
 

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How old is he? It could be a number of things, it's hard to say, maybe cancer of some kind... Try feeding him avocado, it's packed with nutrients and fat.
If his quality of life has reduced dramatically, and he stops eating and drinking, then it may be time to start thinking about helping him move on from this life. Think of what's best for him.
 

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Out of curiosity, even with the short lifespan, would the energy and personality drop off that quickly?

Also, are there any other vets in the area you could go see?
 
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