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My poor boy Remi has been having a time of it - an eye infection (it will probably need to come out) and what the vet believes to be a tooth abscess. It came on so fast! One day I noticed what I thought was porphyrin around his eye and the next we were frantically calling every exotic vet in the area that said online they take rats (side note: Only like...3 of the 10+ we called actually still took rats which was...annoying.)

Anyway, he's been put on Meloxicam (.33 ml) and Doxycycline (.35 ml), plus we'd been giving him Terramycin until we could find a vet, which apparently was a good idea. He seems to be doing better with the meds even though its only been two days, but he still has trouble eating solids and is definitely blind/struggling to move around. For now, we're feeding him a diet of delicious mush (aka baby food and Ensure) to keep his weight up for if/when he has surgery.

Has anyone ever had their rat super suddenly go from perfectly fine to tooth abscess/eye infection/just doing poorly? Is there anything ya'll would recommend that I keep on hand for rat emergencies like this? I currently keep a variety of human/animal meds on me (I have a whole zoo), but rats are a new foray for us. I have a little kit of Infant Motrin, Terramycin, whatever will maybe be left of the Meloxicam and Doxy, 1 ml straight and curved syringes, wound disinfectant that I saw was safe for rats, wraps, sterile water, and baby food packets. Is there anything else that I could add to make it more comprehensive?

This is Remi below just a week or two ago - he's the brown one - and his brother Ravioli (the one he's so lovingly smooshing).

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There are some rat fist aid kit guides online:

NERS: First aid for rats (UK site. Not sure what the US equivalent of some of the products are)


Be sure to check the kit at least twice a year and discard anything that is expired especially prescription medicine you keep on hand "just in case". Sterile water and disinfectants have an expiration date, too. Sometimes things like gauze have expiration dates. Basically read all the tiny print on the package, both the wrapper the item comes in and the box / carton 🤪Maybe make a list of every item in the box and the expiration date and keep the list inside the box.

You may want to ask the vet about feeding the rat Oxbow Omnivore Care to ensure proper nutrition in addition to the mush you are feeding.

1 ml straight and curved syringes

What curved syringes are you using? Syringes have expiration dates. It's printed on the wrapper or box the syringe comes in.
 

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Hi all!

My poor boy Remi has been having a time of it - an eye infection (it will probably need to come out) and what the vet believes to be a tooth abscess. It came on so fast! One day I noticed what I thought was porphyrin around his eye and the next we were frantically calling every exotic vet in the area that said online they take rats (side note: Only like...3 of the 10+ we called actually still took rats which was...annoying.)

Anyway, he's been put on Meloxicam (.33 ml) and Doxycycline (.35 ml), plus we'd been giving him Terramycin until we could find a vet, which apparently was a good idea. He seems to be doing better with the meds even though its only been two days, but he still has trouble eating solids and is definitely blind/struggling to move around. For now, we're feeding him a diet of delicious mush (aka baby food and Ensure) to keep his weight up for if/when he has surgery.

Has anyone ever had their rat super suddenly go from perfectly fine to tooth abscess/eye infection/just doing poorly? Is there anything ya'll would recommend that I keep on hand for rat emergencies like this? I currently keep a variety of human/animal meds on me (I have a whole zoo), but rats are a new foray for us. I have a little kit of Infant Motrin, Terramycin, whatever will maybe be left of the Meloxicam and Doxy, 1 ml straight and curved syringes, wound disinfectant that I saw was safe for rats, wraps, sterile water, and baby food packets. Is there anything else that I could add to make it more comprehensive?

This is Remi below just a week or two ago - he's the brown one - and his brother Ravioli (the one he's so lovingly smooshing).

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Vetericyn for EYES works really well for eye problems. Make sure it’s for eyes. You put it in the eye twice a day. Once in the morning and once at night. 💛
 
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