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K so basically I have lost all faith in my vet who apparently happens to be the only exotic animal vet in the area and I need help.
so two of my rats are sick..
my one, brigitta, has a lump (vet says its probably a mammary tumor) and is doing a bit of labored breathing but not consistently. so I bring her to the vet I get some doxycycline/enrofloxacin mixed together and am told to give her it twice daily for 2 weeks... 3 days on the medicine and her breathing is labored more often than it use to be, her nose is now draining polyphorin nonstop. I called the vet and they said it's probably just getting worse and keep doing the medicine and it should help. It didn't. so I read online that often rat vets prescribe the wrong dosage. I started giving her the same dosage every 24 hours instead of the prescribed every 12. She's seemingly actually getting better now. I did the "rat phone" trick and her breathing sounds pretty normal now the labored breathing seemingly stopped and her nose isn't draining. so basically I think I learned I can't trust my vet.
then there's my other rat. my vet flat out said she doesn't know what's wrong with her but put her on the same medicine as brigitta. it hasn't done anything. So this rat, Eponine, is making funny noises. The best way I can describe it is she makes like a whistling noise. it isn't constant tho, I've been trying to find the pattern to it but I can't find one. She also sneezes much more than your average rat. She's not having breathing problems though and whatever is causing the "whistling" I think is originating in her sinuses / nose. I'm kind of wondering if she has an allergy but I don't know what she'd be allergic to. really this illness as much as my vet thinks it's the same as Brigittas it has like literally no similarities and after the vet kind of made brigitta sicker I don't know what to do. I have no idea how to help my poor rats and my vet isn't really helping either. :(
 

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Sorry you're going through this. My two rats have been battling a URI the past month or so and it's so frustrating! And I also know what it's like to lose trust in your vet. If that's the way you feel you should really seek out another vet or ask your vet to consult with a specialist.

Whenever I've used Baytril for rats, it's always been twice a day because of their high metabolism. I've never used a doxy/baytril combo so maybe it's different. I've also only ever done a longer time period of meds--usually we start with 10-14 days of treatment and if it hasn't improved then we continue. Did you check out this website: http://ratguide.com/health/bacteria/mycoplasma_mycoplasmosis.php
Maybe you can direct your vet there?

With my girl, who was doing really bad with her URI, and hanging her head to breathe, we tried a puffer and it made a big difference, you could ask your vet about trying that as well.

Also, just curious how you're giving the meds? I only ask because for a week I was using a small tip at the end of the syringe and it turned out my rat didn't get any of the meds that week because her whole dose was lost in the tip. I felt terrible when I figured it out. But maybe something similar is happening? Another thing is Baytril is light-sensitive and needs to be in a brown container, or kept in a dark place. Not sure if that helps at all!
 

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something like that may be going on with the tip. I notice some of it always gets left over so I intentionally fill the dose a tad bit higher than its suppose to be. is there other ways to give them meds (other than putting it in their food. I don't know how to do that without her healthy cage mate eating it too) . The vet called yesterday which was lame cause its been over a week since the dose ended so good job on quickly following up there.... :( But she's now thinking the one rat may just have allergies to the fabric softner I've been using around my house which I did recently switch. that'd explain why her whistling isn't constant perhaps. I basically need to find a new vet but it's so hard to find rat vets in the area I live in. After all this happened though I started looking into everything and I also think my vet financially seriously overcharged me for even my cats vet visits. I'm thinking it's time to get a new one for sure.
 

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Baytril also needs to be shaken prior to giving it to the rats.
 
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