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by !anna!
Fri Aug 05, 2011 1:27 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Whats up with Sophie?
Replies: 4
Views: 430

Re: Whats up with Sophie?

Hopefully the painkillers will settle her down :luck: rats are very good at hiding injury and where a pain is coming from so if she has hurt herself they should make her feel much better, and if not then at least you've ruled out there being actual pain and can go on to investigate further. Hopefull...
by !anna!
Thu Aug 04, 2011 3:16 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Whats up with Sophie?
Replies: 4
Views: 430

Re: Whats up with Sophie?

Is she reacting at all when she's squeaking? Like moving as if something is hurting her? Or just sitting still and squeaking? If she is moving then it sounds very very like what one of my boys had and he was back to normal within a week or so on a fairly high dose of metacam. The vet couldn't pin it...
by !anna!
Fri Jul 29, 2011 11:39 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Discussion - fighting the signs of ageing
Replies: 15
Views: 1032

Re: Discussion - fighting the signs of ageing

Baha, I just have to place my phone anywhere near them and they gallop over to pee on it! The sticks have arrived, going to be doing some tests tomorrow hopefully. This all feels vaguely absurd but I'm really nerdishly excited for results :oops: I also got a pro-biotic as one of my boys is about to ...
by !anna!
Wed Jul 27, 2011 11:17 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Discussion - fighting the signs of ageing
Replies: 15
Views: 1032

Re: Discussion - fighting the signs of ageing

I've ordered some pee sticks, now let's see if I can persuade them to wee on cue :lol:
by !anna!
Wed Jul 27, 2011 5:11 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Discussion - fighting the signs of ageing
Replies: 15
Views: 1032

Re: Discussion - fighting the signs of ageing

I don't think the falling is sinister, it usually seems to be a case of 'the food is at the bottom, I'm at the top, I wonder what the quickest way down might be' :lol: :roll: I'll certainly check though, I've only had one case of hld before so I might be missing signs. Where might I get the urine te...
by !anna!
Wed Jul 27, 2011 4:54 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Discussion - fighting the signs of ageing
Replies: 15
Views: 1032

Re: Discussion - fighting the signs of ageing

Indeedy, I've never had high hopes for long term health because they were in such a state. However I'd say 3-4 months ago they were absolutely stunning health-wise, and none have actually ever had on-going health issues which I feel very lucky about. They shall be getting some cooked grains and brow...
by !anna!
Wed Jul 27, 2011 4:14 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Discussion - fighting the signs of ageing
Replies: 15
Views: 1032

Re: Discussion - fighting the signs of ageing

Yes these particular four are related and from a very bad (malnourished) start in life, and from petshop parents, so I'm not so much surprised they are ageing fast as just sad, and wondering if I can halt things a little bit. But for the purposes of this thread I'd like people's thoughts on all rats...
by !anna!
Wed Jul 27, 2011 1:56 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Discussion - fighting the signs of ageing
Replies: 15
Views: 1032

Discussion - fighting the signs of ageing

I know quite a few people on here consider it disappointing and slightly out of the ordinary if a rat does not reach 24 months. I'm the opposite and consider it an achievement, but I'd love to be in a position for that to be a surprise. My question is, how do you combat signs of age-related health d...
by !anna!
Wed Jul 27, 2011 1:50 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Euthanasia methods?
Replies: 34
Views: 2455

Re: Euthanasia methods?

I've only had two pts, one was just allowed to pass away while already under anesthesia for an operation, and the other used a gas chamber. I was not allowed in the room because of the gas which I was very unhappy about. I could see through a small window however, and he didn't panic from the gas. H...
by !anna!
Mon Jul 11, 2011 6:22 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: mysterious behaviour
Replies: 7
Views: 626

Re: mysterious behaviour

Ok, back from the vet and he's been presecibed .5ml of metacam daily. The vet couldn't find anything physically wrong - minus the obvious pain of course - no tumours, breaks, fractures etc, and mentioned that his heart and lungs sound very good. He is to go back in a week for a check on progress. I ...
by !anna!
Mon Jul 11, 2011 1:45 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: mysterious behaviour
Replies: 7
Views: 626

Re: mysterious behaviour

Jack has gotten worse. He's now squealing very frequently when he moves. Frustratingly, I am currently on holiday and my sister (who is fairly rat savvy) is caring for him. He is booked in at the vets today and I'm scared he might suggest a pts simply because he's in so much pain. He didn't show any...
by !anna!
Sun Jul 10, 2011 10:48 am
Forum: Health
Topic: mysterious behaviour
Replies: 7
Views: 626

Re: mysterious behaviour

Yes I didn't think massage would be much of an option. He doesn't want to be touched at all really at the moment.
He's booked in with the vet tomorrow and if he doesn't prescribe them anyway I'll suggest anti-inflams. He is looking super sorry for himself poor thing.
by !anna!
Sun Jul 10, 2011 1:38 am
Forum: Health
Topic: mysterious behaviour
Replies: 7
Views: 626

Re: mysterious behaviour

*Bump* would really appreciate any ideas on what to suggest at the vet :/ is seems to be (intermittently) in quite a lot of pain :-(
by !anna!
Sat Jul 09, 2011 9:40 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Rat is miserable and so am I
Replies: 8
Views: 899

Re: Rat is miserable and so am I

Just seconding this really. He will be tons happier without the crazy hormones and in turn calm right down. Jack was absolutely manic when his hormones kicked in. He was never aggressive with me but he was a menace to other rats. It got to the point where he was clearly running himself into the grou...
by !anna!
Sat Jul 09, 2011 9:32 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: weight
Replies: 21
Views: 1387

Re: weight

I really like threads like this! I weighed the boys a few days ago - Jack Sex - Male Origin - petshop/rescue (an accidental litter born after the already pregnant mummy was rehomed to a rather surprised new owner who then rehomed to me) Age - Just over 18 months Weight - 546g Ben Sex - Male Origin -...