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Hi. On Friday eveining 2 of my girls got sneezy and scratchy. saturday morning one was perfectly fine but the other had gotton alot worse, I took her to vets yesturday and she was given Baytril. last night she worsened and I didnt think she would make the night but bless her she was still with us by this morning. An hour agao I brought her out to try her on some honey and give meds aswell as some water and she is absolutly freezing cold and kinda stiff. I cant seem to warm her up, she is gasping for air and her legs and paws are going blue. I dont know what else to do for her and im a wreck with worry for her as its killing me to see her suffer :cry: She doesnt want to be with me which is unusual as she loves snugles with me and she doesnt want to be in cage with her mates as she clawed at door to get away. Ive put her in the carrier at moment in quite place next to me and she is resting.

Is there anything else I can do. Ive put her in a steamed room to help her airways but im thinking her heart is failing now and cirulation slowing with her going so cold and blue :(
 

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She really sounds like she's suffering! Can you take her back to the vet at this point and get their opinion on what can be done for her now? I'm sorry you guys are having to go through this all of a sudden! Best of luck, but do make the selfless decsion to let her go if she's suffering to much...
 

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Hi. Thankyou. I tooke her back to vets and they have kept her in. very hard to leave her on her own but She needs help. They will call should I be needed and will call about 11am tomorrow for update on her. Im hoping she will be.

Will post again when I know more. Im missing her already loads and keep thinking of her there on her own.
 

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Sadly Beauty has slipped away and has crossed the bridge

They phoned me saying it wasnt looking good and maybe I should go down. I rushed down there and got there just in time. She was in a lovely cuddle cup and took her last few breaths before I even had chance to hold her. She knew I was there as she recognised my voice and managed to move her head very slightly to see me, as though it was enough for her to say she could go now.

This has been a real hard time for all of us and im crying still now as I type all this. I rescued her and the other girls but sadly she didnt make it with us. I feel I have let her down for some reason, maybe taking her to vets a few hours earlier could of made a difference?

The vet said that because her lungs were so scarred it all kicked in fast with her making it harder for her to fight it though she did put up a good fight.

So R.I.P mt little Beauty, sleep tight sweet heart and cross the bridge to be free

May 2006 to 1st January 2007
 

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I really think you did everything possible. These things happen sometimes, and unless you know BEFORE it happens, that it's going to, there is nothing that can be done. You did the best you could for your rattie and she thanks you for it, I assure you.
 

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Thankyou. Its been a toght weekend and not a great start to the new year. Now 3 of my baby girls in another cage have got the on starts of chest infections and I cant get the meds down the at the moment, im trying different ways which arent working and wasting it.

What a nightmare.
 

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I'm very sorry to hear of your loss, I have tears in my eyes reading your post. Poor Beauty, I'm sure she is playing at the bridge with lots of new rattie friends.

If you're having trouble giving Baytril to your other ratties I would recommend mixing it with a small amount of soya cream, it hides the bitterness. All our boys love it. One of them likes it so much he takes half the syringe with it too :roll:

I wouldn't recommend putting it in water though as you can never be sure of the dosage. Also, as it's bitter it may stop them drinking.
 
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