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Knowing if Urinary Tract Infection

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I have a sneaking suspicion theres somethig wrong. What are the symptoms? What is the treatment?
The only thing I have to go on is a very strong Amoniac smell. Also One keeps pulling the towel over so he can lay on the cool plastic floor like he has an upset stomach or bladder and it cools him off.
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May see any of the following:
# Unusual frequency in urination
# Dampness of fur from urine around perineum
# A firm and/or distended bladder
# Blood or porphyrin in the urine
# Foul smelling or cloudy urine

Note: Any rat showing clinical signs of a urinary tract infection requires immediate attention by veterinarian.

Obtain history.

Obtain urine sample for culture and sensitivity. This can be done either in the office or by having the owner obtain sample at home by lining a small carrier floor with plastic and placing rat in carrier upon waking. Once rat has voided aspirate urine with a syringe for testing.
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