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I have a rat who was really sick in July to the point he was at deaths door... He was given sub dermal fluids and some meds and was better the next day... A few weeks ago he started sounding congested so I treated him and he's not sounding any better... So is it scaring or do I need to try something else?
 

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It could be scarring, or it could not be. With every respiratory flare up (and also just from normal wear and tear and aging) rats' lungs get progressively damaged. Either way if current treatment is not working you need to try something else. A different combo of antibiotics, perhaps steroids, perhaps nebulizing, bronchodilators - there are lots of things to try.
 

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If he is still energetic, I would be hesitant to throw antibiotics at it as they are a double edged sword. When in doubt, visit the vet.
 
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