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I bought a new rat today. The pet store owner is a sweet man but i asked him to let me handle one and he wouldn't allow it. H e said there all friendly dont worry about it If i try to get one theyll all start jumpin, only want to do it once. So I picked out a little gray & white one. Hes adorable, hes got a chubby face, and odd shaped tail. The catch is, hes real timid, and doesnt seem to be warming up to me like my others have (I own vito, a 3 year old brown rat, kitty, a 5-7 month old hairless, and bought sydney, a little white baby for my friend.) THey all warmed up to me quickly, and were playing in no time. This one just wants to crouch in a corner. If this guy would have let me hold them first, that could have been avoided. But the real problem is, when I got him home, and actually got around to examining him at all thouroughly, I noticed something extremely startling. His well, genatalia is in a horrible state. One of the two testes are bruised looking, and his penis is extremely swollen and sticking out. It has a purple color, and is starting to become visibly dryed out. No vets in my area treat rodents, and I really dont have the money to spend on a new rat... but I feel horrible returning him to be snake food. Another thing, this rat is horribly skinny. It could be due to underfeeding in the shop, but it may be related to this so I thought it was worth mentioning. Please, respond asap if you can help.
 

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He really skinny, looks starved, wont eat.
The other rats in the store looked malnourished too...

Well If this is what he has Im screwed.
Definition

Paraphimosis occurs when the foreskin becomes trapped behind the glans penis and is unable to return to its natural position inside the preputial cavity (sheath) leaving the glans exposed.
Clinical Signs
May see the following:
# Penis stuck outside of the preputial cavity (sheath). Swelling and balanitis (inflammation of glans penis) may also be present.
# Band of retracted skin behind the head of penis, may also be swollen and tight
# Rat franticly licks the penis
# Rat showing signs of sensitivity and pain when the area is examined or touched
# Redness and later darkening of tissue
# Usually has difficulty urinating

If left untreated, the impaired lack of blood flow to the glans can result in urinary retention, infection, and necrosis. It is important to seek help from a veterinarian as soon as possible.

Its Too far gone. If he had been my pet two weeks ago maybe i coulda helped. With not veterinary treatment available what can I do.

Take him back to the pet store? Get a new healthy rat? Report the store owner?
 

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If you cannot take him to a vet that will see rats, find a vet that will humanely euthanise him. I'm not sure if that is something that can be amputated ): If you had an exotic animal specialist.

Where in Pennsylvania do you live? Have you called ALL vets in the phone book and asked? Have you called all vets within a 4 hour radius? There has to be someone you can take him too.

Animal Medical Center
Dr. Novak Animals: cats, dogs,birds, rats
25 West Third Avenue Tel: 610-489-8982
Trappe, PA Fax:
19426 USA
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Chestnut Hill Veterinary Hospital
Sheldon Gerstenfeld, V.M.D Animals: dogs, cats, rodents, rabbits, reptiles, birds, fish, ferrets
903 Bethlehem Pike Tel: 215-836-2950
Erdenheim (just outside of NW Philly), PA Fax:
19038 United States
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Dover Area Animal Hospital
Dr. Anne Parker & Dr. Dave Pike Animals: Rats, Hampsters, Mice, Dogs, Cats, Goats, etc.
5030 Carlisle Road Tel: 717-292-9669
Dover, PA Fax:
17315 USA
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North Penn Animal Hospital
Dr. Rossi Animals: Rodents, Dogs, Cats
1200 West Main Street Tel: 215-855-5853
Lansdale, PA Fax: 215-855-9337
19446 USA
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Perkiomen Valley Veterinary Clinic
Dr. Callow Animals: cats, dogs, rats
24 Main Street Tel: 610-489-0220
Trappe, PA Fax:
19426 USA
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Titusville Veterinary Clinic
Dr. Walker Animals: Rodents, Cats, Dogs
4796 Statet Route 8 Tel: 814-827-7522
Titusville, Pennsylvania Fax:
16354 USA

and that's just the ones in the goosemoose directory that's in Pennsylvania. There are probably more if you call everyone.

But if you can't afford it, you need to have him euthanized. I recommend not getting any more rats if you can't take them/don't have the money to take them to the vet ): Rats need a lot of vet care.
 

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Uhh none of those are anywhere near me.

:/ Well gromit was in a lot worst conditions before I got him and Ive improved his situation tremendously I personally don't agree that not being able to afford a vet is grounds for not owning one. He's alot happier with me and His 3 others rat friends and all his toys than in some run down pet shop that had him half starved.

Good news. Though It looked to far gone, I took a shot at doing some of the things the website told me to do if it had only been a few days of being exposed.

I Put Vaseline on his Wee Wee all day and night like i read i should.
He is looking alot better, No more purple. It has retracted quite a bit too.

Gromit<3
 

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Thats good i hope he gets better, i allways think you should do as much as possible even if you cant afford vet fees before you opt for euthenasia.
 

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...I hope you have plans to atleast report the pet store to the SPCA or someone of the sorts who can shut him down. If he's selling sick and mistreated animals he can get into quite a bit of trouble, also i suggest you find a way to get to a vet, imagine the poor little guys suffering.
 

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Well uhh, he's not suffering. He is better. :mrgreen: He is walking around and and its no longer inflamed, he shows personality now and he is eating like a pig. So there will be no vet treatment. None is needed he is back to normal. I read if it retracts then it was caught in time and wont need surgery. Yeah I can afford euthenasia but i will do all i can to help them before i do that. I will be going down there today to see if anymore of the rats have this problem so that i can do to them what i did to gromit, because i do not want any of them to be left untreated if they have this, and then he will be reported. He has 3 ten gallon tanks with like 5 to 7 rats in each. Some big rats are mixed in with the tiny ones So needless to say the tiny ones aren't very healthy. Small from the biggin's getting all the food and scared to death from the biggin's fighten with them for space. So Ill be going in there not only to see if any other rats suffer from this but also to give the store owner a piece of my mind, :evil: and a call to the ASPCA
 
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