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by Zan
Wed Dec 12, 2007 4:21 pm
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: Visit to a rodent farm (with pics!)
Replies: 601
Views: 24715

Re: Visit to a rodent farm (with pics!)

These pictures say more than words ever could and anyone who ever asks why it's wrong to buy rats from petr shops whould be referred to them.
Also spare a thought for animals in labs, who are kept in the same sort of conditions their whole lives and endure pain and torture as well.
by Zan
Mon Dec 10, 2007 6:30 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Kennel cough and rats
Replies: 10
Views: 158

Re: Kennel cough and rats

Several emails and a long chat on the phone with the company that produces Intrac and I am no further forward. They won't commit themselves because there isn't actual research to show how long a vaccinated dog might shed the bacteria for. It is extremely unlikely that the shed bacteria would infect ...
by Zan
Sat Dec 08, 2007 9:54 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Kennel cough and rats
Replies: 10
Views: 158

Re: Kennel cough and rats

Dog vet has got back to me with this from the product info on Intrac: 4.4 Special warnings for each target species As Intrac is a live vaccine, some spread of the vaccine organism to susceptible contact animals may occur shortly after administration but with no adverse effect. His interpretation of ...
by Zan
Sat Dec 08, 2007 9:31 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Kennel cough and rats
Replies: 10
Views: 158

Re: Kennel cough and rats

I have been told by a microbiologist friend that there IS a risk of it being passed to rats - she know her stuff, and I trust her word on everything related to bacteria and viruses! I would keep your dogs out of the way of the rats if I were you. Yes............. that's what I am doing . We know th...
by Zan
Fri Dec 07, 2007 8:07 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Kennel cough and rats
Replies: 10
Views: 158

Re: Kennel cough and rats

Thanks Vicki. That was the same advice I had a few years ago from Mr L,and why my own dogs haven't been vaccinated till now (although I insist on the boarders being done, but mine don't come in contact with them) but of course now there is a local outbreak---the local vets say it is like an epidemic...
by Zan
Fri Dec 07, 2007 5:28 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Kennel cough and rats
Replies: 10
Views: 158

Re: Kennel cough and rats

Be aware that the KC vaccine only covers a couple of the many strains of KC out there, it is also one of the riskier vaccines to give to a dog - especially the intra nasal and can have some unpleasant side effects. I would never risk giving this to a dog - KC itself isn't dangerous to a normally he...
by Zan
Fri Dec 07, 2007 9:54 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Kennel cough and rats
Replies: 10
Views: 158

Kennel cough and rats

Since I got my first rats I have stopped vaccinating my dogs against Kennel Cough ( Bordetella Bronchiseptica) because I read on here that there is a danger of newly vaccinated ( the first two weeks following vacc) giving it to rats, which could then prove fatal. However there is at the moment a lot...
by Zan
Thu Nov 22, 2007 9:26 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Advice please, baytril doesn't seem to be working..
Replies: 11
Views: 185

Re: Advice please, baytril doesn't seem to be working..

Baytril needs to be given twice a day and it sounds to me that the dose of Baytril was too low at .2---there is a sticky at the top of Health that tells you more about it. Given this I would say your vet isn't all that knowledgable about rats----assuming it is an allergy is also not good without try...
by Zan
Sat Nov 17, 2007 9:18 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Ornicure/Doxycycline Sachet
Replies: 20
Views: 283

Re: Ornicure/Doxycycline Sachet

My vet worked out a way to give ornicure to a 350-360gm doe. It was half a sachet dissolved in 5ml water and then 0.1ml of that solution twice daily. He reckoned that solution would be okay in the fridge for 5 days. I have had good results, but I think they have always been on baytril as well. Don''...
by Zan
Sat Nov 10, 2007 7:51 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: How far would you go for a good vet?
Replies: 14
Views: 235

I live in a rural area and have general contact with the local vet 2 miles away for routine things with the other animals and i can trust them to put a rat to sleep properly (with me in attendance of course) but for everything else concerning small furries and birds I travel more than 40 miles ---an...
by Zan
Wed Oct 03, 2007 8:26 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Euthanasia question
Replies: 56
Views: 1256

It sounds like gas is a good choice in a very sick rat who is dying anyway, but a trauma in a rat that is still active. This is one reason I delay because I know that they need to be put in a box. An active alert rat would be petrified. Not in my experience. One of my rats was still active and aler...
by Zan
Wed Oct 03, 2007 8:16 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Euthanasia question
Replies: 56
Views: 1256

I think that we do have the same ideas but I think we had very different experiences. With my vets, I have been lucky, my rats never screamed, even the first injection went smoothly and didn't cause pain or distress. And then they were knocked out so deeply that they never felt the final injection,...
by Zan
Tue Sep 18, 2007 3:44 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Metacam
Replies: 4
Views: 126

My dog has oral metacam (for a congenital hip defect) and the ratties have had the stuff after ops. Its a steroid painkiller with anti-inflamatory (sp?) properties. Its really sweet so the rats will lick it off your finger/syringe without having to disguise it. Sorry thats not really much help - bu...
by Zan
Tue Sep 04, 2007 7:13 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: What to do before I take my girl to the vet?
Replies: 9
Views: 165

Sorry to hear about Bubbles. You did the best thing.
by Zan
Tue Sep 04, 2007 6:03 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Long-term Treatment for Myco - A/Bs
Replies: 7
Views: 181

Convenia is a fairly new antibiotic for dogs and cats. In dogs and cats one injection lasts 2 weeks, so it is a bit of a try it and see how long it lasts situation with rats. My girls both weighed round about 400gms and they got 0.1ml, injected sub cutaneously. Worked well for them, but rats and myc...