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Rats overcoming illness

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I've lost a few rats to illness before and right now I've got a sick rattie who is fighting very hard to hang in there. I'm not sure what else to do for the little guy except wait and see how things go. He has been hanging in there for over a week now, everyday I think it must be near the end for him, but each day there he is waiting for more medicine and yogurt treats.

He won't drink from a bottle or dish, and seems really uncomfortable when you try to give him fluids from the syringe. I've been mixing water with his yogurt and he'll lick it from a spoon though. He still eats his little Yogi drops and he'll eat blueberry yogurt, but that's it. I've been working with him with amox. and tetracycline. Like I said before, sometime he seems ok and other times not at all. In general he is overweight also so that could be stressing his lungs as well.

His symptoms are:

red discharge around nose
not eating/drinking properly
very raspy breathing, gasping for air

I have him seperated from the rest of the rat colony, though another rat got sick and died within 24 hours of showing any signs the other day. We did bring a new rat home so I think we made the colony sick with the new baby. Shows you what you get when you don't quarantine properly!

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It doesn't sound like amoxi and tetracycline are strong enough for this. I don't think of them as very effective for serious illness.

Did the other rat have the exact same symptoms? How is the new rat you brought home and how long ago did you bring that one into the house before your other rats showed symptoms and died?
Sorry to hear this, keep a very close eye on your other rats and with 2 unexplained deaths so close to each other, consider yourself under quarantine for awhile. No visiting friends who have rats, etc. You could have an infectious illness going through, although I am praying not. :(
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