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by Blossomgirl
Wed Apr 27, 2011 4:24 am
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Harlan kardan lab blocks and people food supplement
Replies: 1
Views: 111

Re: Harlan kardan lab blocks and people food supplement

I wouldn't be feeding them extra protein if they're already getting a complete lab block. Harlan kardan isn't available in the UK (or here in Holland), so most people don't know much about it. You'd probably be better off asking on www.goosemoose.com. :) On FR, most of us feed a straights-based mix,...
by Blossomgirl
Wed Apr 27, 2011 4:20 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Rattie toenails getting caught?
Replies: 3
Views: 161

Re: Rattie toenails getting caught?

Those things are very popular in cages over here, and I've not yet heard of toes getting stuck. But I've nver had on in my own cag, so can't offer a more firm opinion.
by Blossomgirl
Tue Apr 26, 2011 4:52 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: The saga of the abcess continues (graphic photo)
Replies: 40
Views: 1379

Re: The saga of the abcess continues (graphic photo)

All the antibiotics you have tried before have been for various types of aerobic bacteria. Clindamycin works on anaerobic bacteria so there is a very good reason to try it! Thanks! I'll call again tomorrow, and mention this! It's frustrating, as I can't get there this week to discuss it in person. ...
by Blossomgirl
Tue Apr 26, 2011 4:51 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: odd behaviour?
Replies: 12
Views: 425

Re: odd behaviour?

I have a good friend who has an obsessive hoarder. Kipje hides lots of bits of food in one corner of the cage, and the other 5 rats in the cage at what they can from the bowl, and then raid Kipje's stash. It's very cute! I don't have any hoarders, but I have mostly boys, and I scatter-feed them. :D
by Blossomgirl
Tue Apr 26, 2011 4:48 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Feeding my oldie
Replies: 14
Views: 448

Re: Feeding my oldie

She has! :D She's back up to 345g now. Nearly at her usual 350g. :D I'm going to keep up with exactly what I'm feeding now, even when she reaches 350g, cos I feel she can use some extra padding at her age. Kind of insurance... If she gets to 375/380g, I'll cut back on fatty stuff/pasta, and get her ...
by Blossomgirl
Tue Apr 26, 2011 4:45 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Severe barbering (with photo)
Replies: 16
Views: 719

Re: Severe barbering (with photo)

Thanks guys. I have a good ratty friend who often brings her girls over to play. Os finds them interesting for the first 5 minutes, and then cuddles up with me, or one of his mates, and has a nap, as usual. :lol: The same applies when we have ratsitting ratties around. I think the theory about somet...
by Blossomgirl
Tue Apr 26, 2011 4:41 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: The saga of the abcess continues (graphic photo)
Replies: 40
Views: 1379

Re: The saga of the abcess continues (graphic photo)

Spoke to the vet today, and he's not willing to try a topical AB in the form of capsules or powder. His feeling is that if the antibiotics we've already tried haven't worked, then nothing else will. :roll: He also said an xray would be pointless, since he probably won't be able to tell whether what ...
by Blossomgirl
Tue Apr 26, 2011 4:31 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Steroids and kidneys?
Replies: 3
Views: 200

Re: Steroids and kidneys?

No problem. Good luck with the pee sample. :lol:
by Blossomgirl
Tue Apr 26, 2011 8:40 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Severe barbering (with photo)
Replies: 16
Views: 719

Re: Severe barbering (with photo)

Much as love the idea of new babies, 6 really is our max. I can't afford more than that when it comes to vet bills, food etc. :-( We are on a reservation list at a great breeder, but it's under the understanding that we'll only take rittens when we're down to 4 rats.
by Blossomgirl
Tue Apr 26, 2011 5:12 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Steroids and kidneys?
Replies: 3
Views: 200

Re: Steroids and kidneys?

Yes. Bryan was put on Dexamethasone once, for an annoyingly persistant sneeze which looked to be allergy-based. He developed major kidney problems, and lost dramatic amounts of weight before we figured out that the problem was the Dex. You can read more about it here.
by Blossomgirl
Mon Apr 25, 2011 7:08 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: The saga of the abcess continues (graphic photo)
Replies: 40
Views: 1379

Re: The saga of the abcess continues (graphic photo)

My concern with Manuka is indeed that she'll just groom (and be groomed) even more! The tips about the antibiotic and the wound powder I've recorded to mention to the vet when we go back this week. I'm considering asking them to give her a whiff of gas, and take an xray of her jaw, cos it's very lum...
by Blossomgirl
Mon Apr 25, 2011 6:58 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Severe barbering (with photo)
Replies: 16
Views: 719

Re: Severe barbering (with photo)

Thanks for the detailed reply. :love: I've had a good, firm feel of his leg, and he doesn't squeak at all when I poke, prod and squeeze it. He is a very squeaky rat, so I'd expect him to let me know if it hurts. As for free range and exercise - they get free range twice a day well ovr an hour in tot...
by Blossomgirl
Mon Apr 25, 2011 6:53 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Urgent - heart/chocking?
Replies: 11
Views: 480

Re: Urgent - heart/chocking?

Just to mention - I've often heard of rats picking up respy infections very soon after a choking episode. Somehow it seems to make some rats more vulnerable. I'd keep a close eye on her in the next few days. As for possibly dehydration, she should be ok, but if not - bribery? Kitten milk/ soya milk/...
by Blossomgirl
Mon Apr 25, 2011 5:06 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Urgent - heart/chocking?
Replies: 11
Views: 480

Re: Urgent - heart/chocking?

Sounds like choking. Recently did an emergency vet run for something which turned out to be heart issues, and it wasn't like what you're describing. Hope your rattie is feeling better now. :girly:
by Blossomgirl
Mon Apr 25, 2011 3:32 pm
Forum: Forum Admin and Help
Topic: FR's atmosphere currently.
Replies: 106
Views: 5216

Re: FR's atmosphere currently.

I know this is a rather old thrad now, but I just wanted to add my 10c worth (if it's even worth that much!). I've spent a lot of time in AlAnon metings (for family members of acoholics), and one of the principles they (and AA) talk about in their meeting is the very simple idea of 'take what you ne...