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You mentioned antibiotics, were they being treated for upper respiratory infections? I’m wondering if he went into respiratory distress (mouth open and gasping, running around in a panic, it sounds like something I’ve had the misfortune of seeing before). Was he struggling to breathe prior to this? Sadly rats of any age can have respiratory issues that then have the potential to lead to respiratory distress when severe enough... I’m very sorry you had to go through that.

Rats are social & need to have companions. If you aren’t going to keep rats after this, you may want to consider rehoming him or dramatically increasing the time spent with him so he does not become depressed. However, I would recommend you give yourself a few days to come to terms with what happened and avoid making a rash decision. Again, I’m so sorry for your loss.
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