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Ok here is the long and short of the sotry of today with my rat Mrs. Sniffles:

mrs sniffles has been bad for a while pretty much chronic resp now she is all skin and bones and can't eat solid food probably muscle detiriation and much more.

I am getting the ensure plus into her now I have been offering it to her every twenty minutes or so and allowing her as much as she wants. She is in a carrier for now away form all other rats and loving the one on one attention. She seems to be a bit stronger but I am so worried. I have not seen her pee all day. I am offering her water all the time and she will take it some what. not very much. THe most she has drank is some of the Danimals yogurt where she drank about 2 cc's of it. She will eat about 2 cc's every twenty minutes of the ensure plus. I will probably stay up with her all night seeing as i can't sleep when my rats are ill.I am hoping to get her to eat some avacado before the end of the night since she is nothing but skin and bones. I don't even think she weighs six ounces right now. She has always been small but I can feel her hips and spine now.

Ijsut mixed up some ensure, water, brown rice baby ceral, avacado, and banana int e blendr and I am about to offer it to her. Here's hoping it tastes good to her cause it looks and smells AWFUL! she is drinking the mixture that looks and smells awful to me. I am taking her to the vets first thing tomorrow if she makes it through the night (i am pretty sure she will) I think that her cage mates were not allowing her to eat as well as not being able to get up the levels. she is alot more responsive now and after consulting with jorats and mamarat on the chatroom it looks like my girl may very well have PT. She is resting now and I am letting her be. I tried putting her sister with her to comfort her but she didn't even realize she was there. I also gave her a small sponge bath and got the extra porphyrin off of her face and paws. she tried to fight it at first but couldn't quite get her paws to the cloth for some reason they kept going to the side. She also peed and pooed in her carrier which is good news to me. It seems a little harder of a poo than normal but that may be due to all of the yogurt she had this morning. I will be crushing her labclocks in ensure tomorrow to be sure she gets that as well. Thanks to everyone that was so very helpful I will let you know what the vet says tomorrow and try and get a video of her tonight if she is feeling up to it. Normally she is the biggest ham ever but tonight I am not sure she will want to deal with it.

Well i got a video of her though i must warn everyone it is very very depressing!!! She was always the first rat out of the cage and onto the floor chasing the cats. She never stopped for scritches only treats and then just for a taste. I have been doing nothing but crying all dy when she is in her carrier and I will keep everyone posted on how she does through out the night. If she does cross the bridge I will post there as well.

http://s159.photobucket.com/albums/t131/xxsinisterxchickxx/?action=view&current=0127082056-1.flv

well i got a new video now that she is moving around a bit more problem being that she is only moving in circles. She never turns right only walks in circles to the left. Here is the video. http://s159.photobucket.com/albums/t131/xxsinisterxchickxx/?action=view&current=0128080000.flv

all of this was chronicled as it was happening. I was on another rat forum asking for help and got lots and lots of really great advice. Just wanted to know if anyone here may be able to help as well. She is sleeping now after her laps around the bed. She will be goign to the vets first thing in the morning and the only reason she didn't gotoday was because the clinic didn't have any exotics vet on call. Iw ill pot more tomorrow when i know more. I know I have been a lurker here lately but please if anyone recognizes any of these symptoms as something they have dealt with please please let me know what I am in for!! I am so worried about my baby and the feeling of not being able to do something for her today has drained me completely. There is nothing sadder than watching your pet in this situation. Sorry for the quality of the videos too my phone takes horrible ones but that is the only way to get them.
 

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i agree, it sounds like a pt. good luck at the vet tomorrow.
 

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Thanks crapola i am hoping to get her in at the good vets but i think she isn't in till tuesday so sucky vets tomorrow good vets tuesday!
 
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