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Ok I've 2 rats that died in less than a week of each other and they both died in the same way. Gasping for breath, spazims and I need to now what cuased it. One of them had resp infection and they both had lice/mites.

Please help!! Are my other babys in danger? Sky and Bajha had there own cage but it might be airborn.

HELP!!!
 

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They were about 2 years old and their cage was on top of the biggest with a smaller cage on top of it.
 

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if it was a virus your others may be in danger i would get to a vet if anyone else starts showing any symptoms it sounds like what racked through my boys i lost four of them to it
 

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What was it? What were the early'est symptoms or signs?
 

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i don't know exactly what is was the absolute earliest symptoms were much like a myco flare up. i posted it all on the mites thread and there were some really useful links night put up and it sounded alot like what my boys had so it might be what yours have i would definitely get to a vet asap though if they were kept on top or underneath the other girls then they are definitely at risk if it is an air born virus or disease
 

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Jesus... take them to the vet already!

Did you bring home any new rats lately?
 

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this is a copy of my reponse to the other thread started the begining of this poor health saga in Sky14s Rats:

Nice one Poppyseed, Ive been reading this and thinking, "surely if your Rat is ill and you can't pay for vets bills there is a charity that will take it on and assess its needs then treat it, manage its comfort levles or put it to sleep?". Neglect is abuse and not following every avenue to get the best for an amimal who has come to depend on you for there almost every need, well...
Imagine you had a dependent relative at home very ill and you couldent afford to treat them, so you kept them at home, not exploring free clinics or anything, giving them soup and cuddles-people go to prison for that sort of thing, if I advocated that kind of thing I could never get my registration.
Alot of people come up againts these kind of problems...its how you react to them.


-What have yo don to improve the health of your rats sice this began?
 

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I change the cages every 2 days I'm giving them fresh water every 5 hours (except when I'm not there or asleep) and clean the bottle every other time I change it. I've put each one in individuale cages to monitor them individualy and I wash my hands after I touch anything before and after I touch a rat or anything in it's cage and I use a towel when I hold them and a differennt towel for each rat.

How's that?

and if you know of any "free" clinics I can take my rats to in the Santa cruz/watsonville/Scotts valley area in California tell me.
 

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quick way 2 make money so u can afford 2 take them 2 the vets....
clean cars round ur area
cut lawns '' ''
do extra house work and ask ur parents for ur allowence earlyer
have a yard sale
walk dogs
run erronds

ive had to do most of these before the money soon adds up luckly if i ever have an animal emergance i just ask my mom 2 loan me the money and she will untill i start workin and can pay it bk or she will deduct if from my allowence,
good luck wiv ur ratties
 

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You mentioned you could draw as well. Do you have a deviant art account set up with a journal containing commission prices? I would do that as well, even though mines not getting hit recently I made enough money off if it when Joshu was in need.

I've also had good luck running ebay auctions for commissioned art XD Something else you can do!
 

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*Sighs VERY deeply*

How many times must I tell you? I'm 15 I live in a neborhood that I might get raped or shot in at only 7:eek:oPm and my mom is unemloyed with a fixed income.

Ok?
 

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So then what did you plan to do for your animals, were you to come upon hard times? Did you even plan at all?
 

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You asked for help, we are giving the suggestions we can to help you. Someone even posted LINKS to vet assistance that you totally qualify for. How do you think we can help? We can't see your rats, it's the internet and you have said before you don't have a camera and even if you did it wouldn't be much help. We can't weave a magical spell to make them all better, we all have our own animals to care for so can't wire you the money. So we are suggesting ways you can make money for a vet, and they seem like good ways to do so. No reason to get all huffy and yell at us when YOU are the one that posted here asking for OUR help.

Sorry I can't weave a magical spell or lie to you and tell you your rats will be alright. I can't do either of that, none of us can. The only thing I can tell you is get to a vet and let them make sure they are fine. That is the ONLY way you will know.

So please, when people are trying to help listen and don't yell back. It's incredibly rude.
 

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Poppyseed said:
Sorry I can't weave a magical spell or lie to you and tell you your rats will be alright.
*Sigh* I'm 15 not 6.

Oh and I went to my friends and had him take some pics (they are SOOOO CUTE!!!) and I should have them by Sun so I'll post'em in -Meet my rats- when I get'em kay?
 

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Hmm.....


I'm 15. I babysit in my own house for $3-$6 an hour(depending on age), I made enough money within a few weeks for a basic office visit(mind you, they're a tad expensive).

I've been blessed with healthy rats, so only bills I'l be paying are for spaying and neutering. But, besides the point.

I have enough saved up for a tumor removal or two. Just from babysitting 6 year-olds alone.

Really, exhaust all possibilities. Don't give up, don't just let your rats rot in their own bodies.
 

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??? *headesk* ???

*Very blank stare*

What?
 
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