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by mcfadyen
Sat Jul 23, 2011 2:40 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Very dry skin
Replies: 4
Views: 134

Re: Very dry skin

You don't need to change the bedding and litter if they had mites - mites are endemic and live on rats all the time (and you can't see them, so if you could see crawly critters, they'll have been lice, in which case you WILL need to give the cage a thorough clean and replace all furniture, substrate...
by mcfadyen
Sun Jun 12, 2011 12:01 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Ear wax? Infection? What to do?
Replies: 5
Views: 112

Re: Ear wax? Infection? What to do?

Sounds like a ZGT to me too but, although ZGT can be nasty and difficult/impossible to treat, they do come in all shapes and sizes... I've had two bucks with symptoms exactly the same as your buck but, luckily, their symptoms were limited to abcesses (which had to be lanced and, in both cases, the a...
by mcfadyen
Wed Jun 08, 2011 8:14 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Desperate for advice constant biting
Replies: 3
Views: 112

Re: Desperate for advice constant biting

I've seen this behaviour in a previous doe of mine - Sky. She was biting everything in front of her, she was uncoordinated and not 'with it' at all, though was upright and moving. She was being treated for a PT and the vet suspected a tumour on the brain. Sky was obviously distressed, though she was...
by mcfadyen
Fri May 13, 2011 8:44 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Jack not right some how
Replies: 2
Views: 99

Re: Jack not right some how

IN my experience, a rat who is panicking to get out is usually showing signs of severe respiratory congestion or pneumonia. I would say he really needs an emergency appointment to see a vet. Sorry, but he sounds like he's obviously in distress :( .
by mcfadyen
Fri May 13, 2011 8:24 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Baytril Dosage?
Replies: 6
Views: 110

Re: Baytril Dosage?

The baytril dose for 2.27% concentration is usually 0.5ml/kg twice a day, so that would be 0.15ml (twice a day) for a 310gm doe. But, baytril is often safely dosed at 1ml/kg (it can be 'overdosed' up to four times actually), which would make 0.3ml a big, but not excessive, dose. The baytril you have...
by mcfadyen
Wed Apr 27, 2011 12:11 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Prolapse or Polyps? Advice before vet visit :(
Replies: 11
Views: 265

Re: Prolapse or Polyps? Advice before vet visit :(

Glad to hear Fudge is fine :-) Whisper sounds like she has a vaginal polyp or tumour and when one of my does, Twiggy, had exactly what you've described, I was advised that operating was not really an option :-( Sadly, Twiggy's lump grew very quickly and, although she remained perfectly fine in herse...
by mcfadyen
Mon Apr 18, 2011 8:29 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Just how sickly are rats?
Replies: 15
Views: 416

Re: Just how sickly are rats?

What you also need to remember is that (to us) rats have a relatively short life, so sometimes it can seem that they get one thing after another and, generally speaking, as a pet they're not that robust. But, and it's a big but, what's two years to a rat may be around 10 years to a dog (though it's ...
by mcfadyen
Fri Apr 15, 2011 12:16 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Massive facial lump!
Replies: 22
Views: 456

Re: Massive facial lump!

I've had two bucks (years apart) with this issue - chances are it is a ZGT, but you get different kinds (well, different ferocities!). Both of my bucks lived a good life (one lived to 34 months, the other to 28 months), though they did have to endure regular squeezing sessions whenever the abcess re...
by mcfadyen
Sun Apr 10, 2011 4:48 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Strange fits
Replies: 3
Views: 72

Re: Strange fits

It definitely sounds like a fit to me (though I've only seen one rat having a fit and his case he went rigid, with his front legs straight out) - the description of him being very sleepy and then coming round sounds familiar. When you say he has a full tummy, is it his abdomen towards his back legs,...
by mcfadyen
Sun Apr 10, 2011 4:35 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Is this a tumour?
Replies: 6
Views: 181

Re: Is this a tumour?

I'd say it looks like an abcess - ask your vet about using an anaerobe antibiotic; I believe (though never used it myself) Flagyl is supposed to be good for such things. Or Antirobe. Flagyl is a liquid form of metronidazole.
by mcfadyen
Thu Apr 07, 2011 5:36 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Infected incision
Replies: 21
Views: 318

Re: Infected incision

The infection is tracking along the incision - I'm surprised the vet left the stitches in, as the infection was only ever really going to go underneath them... :-| I would suggest you keep bathing it and irrigating it but go and see your nice vet - I wouldn't be surprised if he/she didn't open up th...
by mcfadyen
Wed Apr 06, 2011 12:27 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Infected wound - really need replies asap
Replies: 32
Views: 519

Re: Infected wound - really need replies asap

Her healing sounds great! I would suggest that you don't bother trying to re-stitch it - as long as you're happy to keep bathing it, I can't really see the point of giving her another anaesthetic to get it re-stitched when it might get re-infected. Keeping it open and cleaning it while it heals mean...
by mcfadyen
Mon Apr 04, 2011 9:14 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Dee jay not himself
Replies: 2
Views: 57

Re: Dee jay not himself

Was it one of his brothers that caused the wound? Is Boo one of his brothers?
by mcfadyen
Mon Apr 04, 2011 9:09 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Could this be SDAV??
Replies: 19
Views: 471

Re: Could this be SDAV??

:( Aw, so sorry to read this. You did all you could for him and gave him love and care in his last few months.
by mcfadyen
Sun Apr 03, 2011 9:14 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Infected wound - really need replies asap
Replies: 32
Views: 519

Re: Infected wound - really need replies asap

That is quite a bad infection, but I think you're doing all you can. if the amount of pus is reducing, that's a good sign. Does the wound/infection breach the abdominal wall? I ask because when Reznor got a post neuter abcess which burst, the wound looked really deep (and was filled with green goo),...