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by aimlessdesire
Fri Aug 05, 2011 2:31 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Vets bill
Replies: 31
Views: 1437

Re: Vets bill

I paid £100 to get a rat PTS at the emergency vet and that was about 2 years ago so I dread to think what it would cost these days.
by aimlessdesire
Wed Aug 03, 2011 11:48 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Abscess needs to be lanced but can't go under
Replies: 16
Views: 676

Re: Abscess needs to be lanced but can't go under

I've used the powder synulox that you mix with water and put it directly into the abscess before. The only problem is that it's more expensive than the tablet version, but i'd say synulox is better for abscesses than baytril is.
by aimlessdesire
Mon Jul 25, 2011 9:23 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Ivermectin - where to buy?
Replies: 10
Views: 274

Re: Ivermectin - where to buy?

I got mine from Rackie, huge bottle for £5 :)
by aimlessdesire
Sun Jul 24, 2011 1:20 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: FLIES!!
Replies: 16
Views: 453

Re: FLIES!!

Kim N wrote:Where would be a good cheap place to buy them in a shop? I would love to get them for every window and we have loads! I am battling wasps in my house constantly! :-?
Mine came from somewhere like poundland years ago.
by aimlessdesire
Sun Jul 24, 2011 12:10 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: FLIES!!
Replies: 16
Views: 453

Re: FLIES!!

I have a fly screen on my rat room window, because the window opens inwards I don't have to remove it all the time, plus I leave the window slightly open all year anyway.
by aimlessdesire
Fri Jul 22, 2011 11:52 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Will she be ok on her own??
Replies: 4
Views: 270

Re: Will she be ok on her own??

I'd be tempted to try and home another girl of a similar age, either from a rescue or some breeders will home out older does. i've homed older rats to keep others company in similar situations with the view that if they are then left on their own they can come back to me, maybe you could try your lo...
by aimlessdesire
Fri Jul 22, 2011 6:03 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Free range & occasionally integrating groups
Replies: 2
Views: 143

Re: Free range & occasionally integrating groups

My rats live in small groups as I prefer it that way, currently 2 groups of does and 2 groups of bucks. However all the does and all the bucks freerange together, otherwise I wouldn't have enough time to freerange 4 groups. It also means I can mix and match my groups accordingly, without the need fo...
by aimlessdesire
Thu Jul 21, 2011 6:00 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Intros-neutral space 1st? or straight into carrier?
Replies: 4
Views: 168

Re: Intros-neutral space 1st? or straight into carrier?

I just put bucks of that age straight into an empty small cage with adults and then just watch them to make sure no-one is getting hoofy, if everyone is fine I just leave them too it for a few days with nothing other than a hammock then move them into the Explorer.
by aimlessdesire
Mon Jul 11, 2011 12:02 pm
Forum: Other Rat Care
Topic: Whats involved in running a rescue?
Replies: 18
Views: 739

Re: Whats involved in running a rescue?

It's not only, in my view, about not stretching yourself in terms of the number you currently have, what about those that get returned, no good rescue should refuse to take back the rats that they have homed so you need to make sure you can accomdate those as well. I found the worse thing with rescu...
by aimlessdesire
Thu Jul 07, 2011 4:22 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Max number of operations?
Replies: 3
Views: 142

Re: Max number of operations?

At the age she is, I would consider spaying as well as the lump removal. The fact that she's had a second lump so quickly I would worry that she'd get another lump even if I removed that one. Personally I don't like putting rats through multiple lump removals, hence why I would spay with the first r...
by aimlessdesire
Thu Jun 30, 2011 6:33 am
Forum: Forum Admin and Help
Topic: An overview of the new forum
Replies: 235
Views: 7608

Re: An overview of the new forum

With my last litters I ended up with 7 girls and 21 boys, and most of my waiting list wanted girls. By the time they were 2 weeks old they all had homes lined up, by the time they actually left most of them were on their 3rd home becaus people kept changing their mind, going elsewhere, not wanting t...
by aimlessdesire
Tue Jun 28, 2011 11:20 am
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: Dumbo black eyed Siamese
Replies: 24
Views: 762

Re: Dumbo black eyed Siamese

I need another HKM dumbo siamese, even the ones that I've breed from HKM lines I've ended up homing rather than keeping.
by aimlessdesire
Mon Jun 27, 2011 8:15 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: how are you and your ratties keeping cool today?
Replies: 14
Views: 317

Re: how are you and your ratties keeping cool today?

Now my rat room has a blackout curtain it doesn't get anywhere near as hot in there, so combined with the window being open all the time it's actually more pleasant in there than the rest of the house, maybe I should just sleep in there.
by aimlessdesire
Tue Jun 21, 2011 6:45 am
Forum: Health
Topic: castrating as routine - good idea, bad idea?
Replies: 11
Views: 284

Re: castrating as routine - good idea, bad idea?

My vet is currently looking at just removing the ovaries rather than a full spay, because it's a lot less invasive and they can do the operation through the top / sides meaning that they don't need to have the doe on her back for the op. Not sure how many other vets would be happy with doing that so...
by aimlessdesire
Mon Jun 20, 2011 12:11 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Complaining
Replies: 4
Views: 297

Re: Complaining

If nearly all of the rats have respiratory problems, then I would personally be looking at the possibility of a virus, rats don't tend to catch myco from each other (regardless to what some vets say). In my experience a lot of vets under dose baytril, I believe there is a range in the book that most...