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by Bazu
Mon Aug 08, 2011 8:10 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Damaged legs or back
Replies: 12
Views: 2648

Re: Damaged legs or back

It might be worth taking her in anyway just to get it checked out - there's always a risk of her having another flare-up, for instance. I always go for the 'peace of mind' options where I can.

Glad to hear she's perkier anyway :)
by Bazu
Fri Aug 05, 2011 2:19 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Vets bill
Replies: 31
Views: 7040

Re: Vets bill

i had to take him to teh emergency vets as it was out of hours. They wanted £129 to put him to sleep. :o I hate that about emergency vets :( Something like £80+ of that would have been added purely because your regular surgery had closed. The thing is, I can partly understand it - the vet/nurse, re...
by Bazu
Thu Aug 04, 2011 5:20 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Vets bill
Replies: 31
Views: 7040

Re: Vets bill

Non-rat-owning people seem to think that the smaller the animal is, the cheaper the bills should be, but having pet rats has taught me that the opposite is true :lol: In all fairness, performing surgery on a rat's anything is probably harder than on a dog's, for instance, both through the fewer time...
by Bazu
Wed Aug 03, 2011 5:43 pm
Forum: Other Rat Care
Topic: A question of poop...
Replies: 3
Views: 608

Re: A question of poop...

Also unrelated to the topic, but on the information page, it mentions getting to know the rats as 20 minutes per rat per day...is it a good idea when they're a bit trusting to handle each one by itself outside (on my bed etc) so they have to interact, or to have them all out at the same time, but j...
by Bazu
Mon Aug 01, 2011 9:33 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Boys all flaked out
Replies: 3
Views: 410

Re: Boys all flaked out

My girls were actually insanely hyper tonight - not sure what's going on with them! :o
by Bazu
Sun Jul 31, 2011 10:46 pm
Forum: Other Rat Care
Topic: When are rat babies considered adult sized??
Replies: 7
Views: 879

Re: When are rat babies considered adult sized??

Some rats are naturally smaller than others, some are just slower-growing. I've got a girl who's 260g, while her sister from the same litter is 320g - and to look at them, you'd expect the difference to be even bigger. She's very much a free spirit too - wherever she is, she wants to be somewhere el...
by Bazu
Sun Jul 31, 2011 2:02 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Chemical castration
Replies: 8
Views: 843

Re: Chemical castration

I think one of my boys who is v stressed and stroppy at the mo could be a candidate for this. I'm not happy to put him under for the op. How much have people paid for it? Did I read somewhere there was an increased risk of tumours or something with prolonged use? Or have made that up? (sorry to hij...
by Bazu
Sun Jul 31, 2011 11:05 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Chemical castration
Replies: 8
Views: 843

Re: Chemical castration

That's a bit more encouraging :)
by Bazu
Sun Jul 31, 2011 10:39 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Chemical castration
Replies: 8
Views: 843

Re: Chemical castration

Anyone else got experience with it?
by Bazu
Sun Jul 31, 2011 10:22 am
Forum: Health
Topic: pet rat health insurance?
Replies: 3
Views: 420

Re: pet rat health insurance?

The best I've seen was £6 per rat per month - at £72 per rat per year and a £50 excess, that can get expensive! Things like consultation and baytril wouldn't clear the excess, so you gain nothing, and de-nadding for behavioural issues etc wouldn't be covered by that policy. The generally-agreed poli...
by Bazu
Sat Jul 30, 2011 10:42 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Chemical castration
Replies: 8
Views: 843

Re: Chemical castration

So it takes about as long as a castration to take effect anyway? The only info I've seen in this regard is that it "may not have an effect on the day of administration" which implies it's expected to work pretty quickly!
by Bazu
Fri Jul 29, 2011 11:03 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Chemical castration
Replies: 8
Views: 843

Chemical castration

Just a handful of quick questions: - Is the drug normally used for chemical castration called Tardak? - How long does it usually take to take effect after it's injected? (I know castration often takes a few weeks for things to settle) - How long does one injection last? - How long a period can it be...
by Bazu
Fri Jul 29, 2011 6:59 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Plastic Corner Shelves - Design Flaws & Suggestions
Replies: 69
Views: 4146

Re: Plastic Corner Shelves - Design Flaws & Suggestions

I skipped page 3 and 4, so I don't know if this was covered, but... With regard to the ridges on the shelf; depending on the actual plastic used, the plastic thickness etc, those ridges may be a necessary part of the design. Large flat surfaces are difficult to mould with some materials, and you can...
by Bazu
Mon Jul 25, 2011 10:33 am
Forum: Other Rat Care
Topic: Classroom pets?
Replies: 42
Views: 3728

Re: Classroom pets?

One thing that stands out for me is that you say you'll be keeping them in a lab - is that as in a chemistry lab, or is it used moreso as a generic room? I remember my time at school (about 10yrs ago, granted), and chemistry lessons often entailed things burning or banging and fumes and the like bei...
by Bazu
Sat Jul 23, 2011 10:29 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: My rats all live together now and its going good so far.
Replies: 7
Views: 534

Re: My rats all live together now and its going good so far.

Currently have 6, and have 3-5 more descending on my house (fostering for a friend) in a couple of days - and since they're all gonna be living in my bedroom, I'm anticipating a severe lack of sleep over the coming months!