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We believe our rat has lyme disease, and just want to know: Has anyone else had this situation before?? Any tips, advice, etc.??

He is a domestic rat (a very sweet one, who we adore 🥰) but he was found as a stray, abandoned by the side of the road back at the end of June.

When found, he had 5 deer ticks on him.

Now, two months ago, he started dealing with swollen legs. He’s had three episodes of different legs swelling and being unable to be walked on for a period, then the swelling going down.

(Went to the vet, no breaks, etc.)

We believe he probably contracted lyme disease from the tick bites he received and is just now showing symptoms (swelling that moves between limbs is apparently a lymes symptom in animals).

We will be going back to our vet for confirmation and help, but, seeing as this is relatively rare in pet rats, just wanted to know if anyone has dealt with it before and has any advice?? Or idea of what the treatment process and/or effects of this are going to look like??

Thank you in advance!
 

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Update: We took Frannie to the vet today and received antibiotics. We are waiting on tests to figure out if the issue is caused by mycoplasma, or by lymes and/or some other tick-borne disease. I will be posting further updates via this thread for anyone interested!

 
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