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by andybhoy
Sun Jul 24, 2011 6:13 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Plastikote - what do I need?
Replies: 5
Views: 166

Plastikote - what do I need?

Have picked up a cheap cage on ebay for my girls, and it's bare bars and needs some tlc. I can see there are a myriad of different plastikotes so what do I need to do a good job of it?

thanks,
andy
by andybhoy
Mon Jul 19, 2010 8:42 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Lung tumour
Replies: 11
Views: 256

Re: Lung tumour

Thank you everyone. Worst possible news. My instincts were right; it was a massive abcess, of the London agouti type. This is bad news because Tom is prone to them. That is 3 boys in a row to die from huge abcesses, between 14 and 19 months old. My fault gor mixing two colonies (with the best of int...
by andybhoy
Sat Jul 17, 2010 7:34 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Lung tumour
Replies: 11
Views: 256

Re: Lung tumour

Huck died in my arms last night at 11:40. He's in the fridge so that he can still be post mortemed on Monday.
by andybhoy
Sat Jul 10, 2010 12:09 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Lung tumour
Replies: 11
Views: 256

Re: Lung tumour

Thanks guys - it's pretty hard. The steroid effect has worn off from the injections, and now he's on the pills he's sliding a bit. He's still not as bad but I don't see him making the end of the month. It's painful to see one of the strongest bucks I've known, become so thin and frail. Should I be l...
by andybhoy
Wed Jul 07, 2010 8:16 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Lung tumour
Replies: 11
Views: 256

Lung tumour

My rat-life has seemingly been one cruel blow after another for most of the time I've kept them, but I will save the feeling sorry for myself for another post at another time. My 17 month old buck, Huck, has what is likely to be a lung tumour. He had horrendously laboured breathing but absolutely si...
by andybhoy
Sun Mar 07, 2010 5:45 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Abscesses appear in threes...
Replies: 12
Views: 261

Re: Abscesses appear in threes...

So sorry you lost him :( and that you had so many abcesses. I lost Xander to a giant abcess a couple of months ago at just 15 months old. Heartbreaking stuff. My guys (inc Xander were talking 4 boys) have had over 60 abcesses between them in the last several months. 3 required surgery Inc xanders. W...
by andybhoy
Thu Jan 21, 2010 9:10 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Having a lone rat
Replies: 21
Views: 768

Re: Having a lone rat

Just wanted to give a final update to this. Saffy was pts this evening, 2 months or so after being moved to live on her own. The reason for bumping is to say that it turned out to be exactly the right decision. Saffy enjoyed 8 weeks of quiet, peaceful retirement. She didn't suffer from being alone. ...
by andybhoy
Sat Jan 16, 2010 4:57 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Sleeping with Rats
Replies: 34
Views: 829

Re: Sleeping with Rats

I'd be too scared that i'd squish them.

I've only done it once - Charlie was dying, so I had him with me and he passed away next to me, in the very short time I dozed off.
by andybhoy
Tue Dec 29, 2009 3:16 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Put to sleep, or operate?
Replies: 40
Views: 874

Re: Put to sleep, or operate?

I lost Xander this morning. I don't do obits anymore, so just thought I'd update for those who followed this thread. He had a fairly nasty bleed last night, and the vet pretty much said that she wouldn't operate - it would take 2 ops just to get him back to where he was after the second op, and no g...
by andybhoy
Thu Dec 17, 2009 7:32 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Put to sleep, or operate?
Replies: 40
Views: 874

Re: Put to sleep, or operate?

Hi folks just a quick update. Xander is home and quite sprightly. He has use of his leg again (can't remember if I mentioned that he couldn't use one of his front legs much). He has resumed licky kisses and settled in with his cagemates. He has lots of meds and due to the way his wound was, the vet ...
by andybhoy
Wed Dec 16, 2009 12:49 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Put to sleep, or operate?
Replies: 40
Views: 874

Re: Put to sleep, or operate?

Hi folks just a quick thank you and update. I just needed to say it all out loud and it cemented how I nomally feel - better to operate and give them a chance. Xander has come through his first operation but needs another on Thursday. Proper update then. He is living with his auntie tabirat as I'm a...
by andybhoy
Mon Dec 14, 2009 8:43 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Put to sleep, or operate?
Replies: 40
Views: 874

Re: Put to sleep, or operate? (fairly urgent)

Thanks Emma.

I lost a couple of rats to a virus at 18 months and another boy dropped dead at 21 months, but just turning 15 months, when he's otherwise fine, is harsh.

Ah well. Can only see what tomorrow brings.
by andybhoy
Mon Dec 14, 2009 8:32 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Put to sleep, or operate?
Replies: 40
Views: 874

Re: Put to sleep, or operate? (fairly urgent)

What a gorgeous chap.

Xander's lump is very solid but similar size (but not quite the same placement as Xander's lump goes around the top as well). It's precisely what I'm worried of - that she won't be able to get all of it.

So sorry for your loss :(
by andybhoy
Mon Dec 14, 2009 8:09 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Put to sleep, or operate?
Replies: 40
Views: 874

Re: Put to sleep, or operate? (fairly urgent)

I've been for a walk to clear my head. I'm going with operate but without getting my hopes up. So Xander and I are having an evening together.
by andybhoy
Mon Dec 14, 2009 7:12 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Put to sleep, or operate?
Replies: 40
Views: 874

Re: Put to sleep, or operate? (fairly urgent)

He's only 15 months and pretty strong. If not for the lump, you'd think he was a picture of health.

My rat vet is a very skillful surgeon and she thinks it's unlikely to be operable :(

I think I'm maybe 70/30 in favour of the op at the moment.