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Hi,
my rats were free roaming on top of their cage. They had a cardboard tunnel on top of their cage, and they were both in it. Suddenly, it rolled off their cage and landed on the floor.
One of my rats was in shock, but soon recovered, but the other one has a deep cut on his tail. It goes about half way through his tail and is bleeding quite bad!
What should I do?
Should I let him heal it by himself or do something? He keep squeaking!
Please help!
 

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You can use flour to stop the bleeding for now but you also need to put something on it in case of infection, are you able to bring him to a vet?
 

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This is what the Rat Health Guide says: "In the event of uncontrolled bleeding or gaping wounds, apply even, direct pressure to the wound with a clean cloth to control bleeding, wrap rat in towel or blanket to maintain normal body temperature, and seek emergency veterinary care immediately."

"In most cases minor cuts and abrasions, if cleansed initially and kept clean, will heal on their own without the need for surgical intervention. However, uncared for wounds that are several hours old along with bite or puncture wounds, which are all considered contaminated or infected, may also be cleansed and allowed to granulate and heal on their own without surgical intervention. The decision , by a veterinarian, to close a wound with sutures, staples, or surgical adhesive will depend on the location of the wound on the body, the extent of damage, and degree of contamination. In rare cases, where a contaminated or infected wound is deep into muscle or fat the wound may be debrided, a drain inserted temporarily (to allow for drainage of pus), and sutures used to close the wound."

  • "For open wounds, or for wounds that require sutures, provide clean bedding daily such as cloth or paper towels. Avoid loose or shredded bedding to minimize wound contamination and infection.
  • Check wound site daily and cleanse as directed.
  • Maintain clean cage environment.
  • Apply any antimicrobial topical agents or oral antibiotics as prescribed.
  • Observe for and follow-up with veterinarian if any redness extends from the wound after 2 days or if there is yellow or purulent drainage from the wound, or if there is increased swelling or limited movement."
 

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This is what the Rat Health Guide says: "In the event of uncontrolled bleeding or gaping wounds, apply even, direct pressure to the wound with a clean cloth to control bleeding, wrap rat in towel or blanket to maintain normal body temperature, and seek emergency veterinary care immediately."

"In most cases minor cuts and abrasions, if cleansed initially and kept clean, will heal on their own without the need for surgical intervention. However, uncared for wounds that are several hours old along with bite or puncture wounds, which are all considered contaminated or infected, may also be cleansed and allowed to granulate and heal on their own without surgical intervention. The decision , by a veterinarian, to close a wound with sutures, staples, or surgical adhesive will depend on the location of the wound on the body, the extent of damage, and degree of contamination. In rare cases, where a contaminated or infected wound is deep into muscle or fat the wound may be debrided, a drain inserted temporarily (to allow for drainage of pus), and sutures used to close the wound."

  • "For open wounds, or for wounds that require sutures, provide clean bedding daily such as cloth or paper towels. Avoid loose or shredded bedding to minimize wound contamination and infection.
  • Check wound site daily and cleanse as directed.
  • Maintain clean cage environment.
  • Apply any antimicrobial topical agents or oral antibiotics as prescribed.
  • Observe for and follow-up with veterinarian if any redness extends from the wound after 2 days or if there is yellow or purulent drainage from the wound, or if there is increased swelling or limited movement."
Ok, thank you. I will see how it goes
 

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If you had a cut that went halfway through your finger, you would need to go to the hospital.

If your rat has a wound that goes halfway through it's tail, your rat needs to go to the vet.
 
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