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by Estelle
Sun Oct 13, 2002 12:12 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Baytril...........(again!)
Replies: 4
Views: 136

Putting medications into water is not the best way of making sure they get the correct dosage as rats invariably don't empty their water bottles, also a foul tasting drug in the water can put them off drinking and cause dehydration to add to the problems. The best way to get baytril or any other med...
by Estelle
Tue Oct 08, 2002 9:07 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Operations - Survival Statistics & Advice
Replies: 18
Views: 370

if you go to my rat care site m and click on post operative care on the left hand side, there is an article on operations and post op care there. Hope that helps. As long as your rat has a good heart and lungs, operations to remove lumps are pretty routine and tend to only cause problems if the rat ...
by Estelle
Fri Oct 04, 2002 9:55 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Trim Overgrown Rat Teeth ~ Help!
Replies: 30
Views: 722

Charlie wrote:is

Estelle wrote:Misalignment of teeth is called malocclusion.


a common thing in rats?


No, very rare. Can be genetic, lack of calcium as a kitten or damage/injury that causes it. Most rats never need their teeth trimmed in their whole lives.
by Estelle
Wed Sep 25, 2002 10:54 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Trim Overgrown Rat Teeth ~ Help!
Replies: 30
Views: 722

Trimming teeth is a very stressful thing for both the rat and the person doing the trimming to experience. I have an old buck (who thankfully doesn't fight much) who needs a weekly teeth trim at the moment as one of his bottom teeth insists on trying to grow into his upper jaw. He will lie reasonabl...
by Estelle
Wed Sep 25, 2002 2:52 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Mites
Replies: 21
Views: 369

I assume the same thing works with rat mites... with fleas on cats or dogs you can check for them by combing onto a damp piece of kitchen roll or tissue. If there are fleas present then their droppings will turn red when damp due to them containing blood. Nope, fraid not! Mites on rats are very rar...
by Estelle
Wed Sep 25, 2002 10:59 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Mites
Replies: 21
Views: 369

Just goes to show how little some vets know!! I just let him go ahead and inject Merlin (it was a long time ago, and he was my first rat, so my ignorance is excusable, but the vets definitely isn't!). A friend of mine lost her rats to complete nervous system breakdown after Ivermectin injections, w...
by Estelle
Tue Sep 24, 2002 10:26 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Mites
Replies: 21
Views: 369

Re: Mites

How do you know if your rats have mites? Once established what is the best way to attempt treatment? (before giving up and packing the family off to the vets) Usually scabs across back/shoulders area are indicative of mites or lice. Scabs under the chin are usually just diet related. Long red squir...
by Estelle
Tue Sep 24, 2002 8:57 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: teeth
Replies: 23
Views: 374

Rats very rarely need their teeth trimmed. The bottom teeth do normally look quite long and will look as though they are in a V sometimes as rats can split their bottom teeth and invariably do so when you are trying to look at their teeth!!! If teeth are too long, they will actually grow back around...