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I just brought home a sweet new girl. She's sneezing a lot. When I hold her she makes little noises too. Since she's a baby I have her in another cage from my other girls but I don't want them to get sick. When I first took my other girls home from the pet store they also were sneezing but they had pine bedding there and now they don't . Is there anything I can do or just keep them apart until she stops sneezing?
 

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How long have you had her? A lot of times it takes them a bit to get used to the new environment and sneezing isn't uncommon. If you notice it getting worse or she begins wheezing, chirping or squeaking when she breathes then you should probably assume it's more than the new home sniffles and get her on some antibiotics. You should always isolate new rats for a quarantine period before introducing them to your mischief; unfortunately you never know what they might be carrying and it's easier and cheaper to treat one rat rather than many.
 

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I just took her home last night. She's constantly sniffling. She sits in her cave and looks sick. I'm not sure she's eaten since last night. She's barely moved as far I can tell. She's active if I pick her up (tried to get her to drink) but she makes like a clicking sound I think or maybe its just her sniffling. I'm wondering if tetracyclin would help?
 

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She does sound a little congested. The inactivity could be from being so new to the environment too, but if she doesn't look like she's moving around to eat and drink by the end of the day then starting antibiotics might not be a bad idea. Just make sure that you've got a proper dose for her weight and that you have enough for a full course before beginning. If you want to hold off on antibiotics for a bit longer, you can try some diphenhydramine in case it's allergy related rather than bacterial.
 

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Can I use tetracycline? We use it at the pet store I work to treat sick animals? I just want to give her proper treatment
 

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Yes, you can use it. I should add though that it's not exactly the strongest antibiotic, so if she continues to show symptoms you may need to get something else.
 

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Also, what kind of bedding is she on? If paper or aspen, have you tried replacing it with something like fleece?
 

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I just put yesterdays news since it's all I had at work at the time, but I can switch her to fresh n comfy which is what I use for my rats. I also put a hand towel in her hide to sleep on and keep warm. She ate half a rat honey drop and won't touch the carrot I gave her. She's not drinking either. If she's no better tomorrow I'll start treatment and maybe get a dropper for water...
 

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She's still sneezing a little but seems better then at first. She's moving around more and eating/drinking. I guess i'll wait another couple days to see if she gets better before going to the vet. I'm also not sure there is a rat specialist where I live...
 
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