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So I bought this little guy 4 days ago and he has been sneezing and leaning since. I went to take him back and they had me buy some water medication stuff...but it doesn't seem to be working...are these really bad signs? he's such a darn cute rat!! :(
 

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Re: Leaning to one side...Sneezing and a little bit of porph

Hi there, what the little guy needs isn't to be returned, he needs a vet. The leaning is likely an ear infection which can be cleared up along with the sneezing with antibiotics. The pet store lead you in the wrong direction, the stuff you put in the water does not work please don't put anything in his water. If anything it might make him drink less and become dehydrated because it tastes funny.
 

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Re: Leaning to one side...Sneezing and a little bit of porph

A book that I have (Rats, Complete Care Made Easy) echoes what Darksong says, and also says what happens if it is left untreated -

A respiratory infection often invades the inner ear. This throws off the rat's balance, causing his head to tilt to one side. Prompt treatment with antibiotics and steroids can usually reverse the symptoms. If treatment is delayed, the symptoms can progress until the rat walks in a circle or rolls over and over, and permanent damage to the rat's sense of balance can result. A rat with severely impaired balance has trouble eating and drinking and may need to be euthanized.
 

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Re: Leaning to one side...Sneezing and a little bit of porph

Thanks so much. This is the second rat for me to do this, the first one I also took back...I guess it's just not the right time for a rat for me . sad day. thanks again!
 

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singerchic20 said:
Thanks so much. This is the second rat for me to do this, the first one I also took back...I guess it's just not the right time for a rat for me . sad day. thanks again!
Any rat you get will likely need vet care eventually, the solution isn't to keep taking them back but to find a good vet. Good luck!
 
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