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by izzerie
Mon Jun 27, 2011 8:10 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: how are you and your ratties keeping cool today?
Replies: 14
Views: 471

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

Well i'm still waiting for my order to come with my granite tiles some put some dinner plates in the freezer and then out them in the cages. The ratties are pancaked on them at the moment! We live in the flat at the top of the house so we get everyone else's heat :roll: we've had all the windows ope...
by izzerie
Tue Jun 21, 2011 11:39 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Blind - now sneezing
Replies: 8
Views: 285

Re: Blind - now sneezing

I echo the advice above. Also, 5 days is not long enough if it is infection, improvement will be seen but it isn't a long enough for the infection to really be dealt with. 14 days is a minimum. It is possible he has an infection despite the others not having anything, just because one has one doesn'...
by izzerie
Mon Jun 20, 2011 10:34 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Blind - now sneezing
Replies: 8
Views: 285

Re: Blind - now sneezing

Putting him back with the others would be fine :) and I would advise taking a friend for company to reduce the stress of the visit :)
by izzerie
Mon Jun 20, 2011 10:32 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Oh dear, first experience of a rat post op
Replies: 15
Views: 503

Re: Oh dear, first experience of a rat post op

My boys pulled their stitches out post castration- the vet has used glue and internal stitches as well as the external ones so it didn't matter when they pulled them out. Rats heal incredibly fast and as the skin heals it gets tight around the stitches- also post op swelling will cause tightness aro...
by izzerie
Mon Jun 20, 2011 6:59 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Advice needed please!
Replies: 1
Views: 124

Re: Advice needed please!

I think that I remember reading somewhere that babies are prone to blocked tear ducts- that's what that looks like to me. What I would do is bathe that in some salt water (one teaspoon to a pint of boiled water and allow to cool) twice a day for a few days and see if it improves. If it doesn't, gets...
by izzerie
Sun Jun 19, 2011 9:18 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Hatred of plasters!?
Replies: 17
Views: 722

Re: Hatred of plasters!?

Yes- it's like they are magically attracted to them! I thought it was just mine!
by izzerie
Sun Jun 19, 2011 6:05 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: How Fussy are Your Rats ?
Replies: 20
Views: 919

Re: How Fussy are Your Rats ?

Yes! My boys won't eat pasta with tomato sauce if you put anymore than two garlic cloves in it!

And they will pick sweetcorn out of food and refuse to eat it but go totally mad for sweetcorn fishing!
by izzerie
Sat Jun 18, 2011 8:50 am
Forum: Health
Topic: small cut above front leg
Replies: 2
Views: 133

Re: small cut above front leg

Some salt water would be fine for that- just mix a teaspoon of salt into some boiled water and let it cool :)
by izzerie
Thu Jun 16, 2011 7:42 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Rat castration?
Replies: 9
Views: 299

Re: Rat castration?

I got my two boys done at Barn Veterinary Practice in Ipswich- they have two practices, one at Copdock and one on Ashcroft Road which is off Norwich Road. The same staff work between the two practices. They carried out my boys op's successfully and I was charged just over £90 for both of them :) I w...
by izzerie
Wed Jun 15, 2011 10:56 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: New explorer!
Replies: 2
Views: 169

New explorer!

I found out I was getting this last week and I desperately wanted to post because I was so excited but thought I better hold off until I actually had it and could get pics! Anyway, on Monday I took delivery of my new explorer. I bought it off my mum :p she had bought it with the intention of having ...
by izzerie
Wed Jun 15, 2011 10:41 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Freddy 2/3 ok for two bucks?
Replies: 3
Views: 211

Re: Freddy 2/3 ok for two bucks?

A freddy would be ok for 2 or 3 but no more than that. A furet plus would be ok for up to 4 ratties. Bigger than that I'm not sure because I have massive cages that I am intending to slowly fill with ratties!
by izzerie
Wed Jun 15, 2011 10:35 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Suggestions for First Aid kit for new rats?
Replies: 2
Views: 150

Re: Suggestions for First Aid kit for new rats?

I'll make a few suggestions anyway! In mine I have: Malt paste Savlon Dermasol (got from vets for boy with nasty back wound) Aloe Vera gel A pill box (great for if you have pills that have to be divided and crushed, can store leftover pieces/powder in here) A pill splitter and crusher Hibiscrub Cott...
by izzerie
Tue Jun 14, 2011 5:59 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Albert's lump
Replies: 6
Views: 230

Re: Albert's lump

Albert had a successful lumpectomy the afternoon :) the surgery was more complicated than expected however, the lump was much bigger and deeper than expected and had begun to abscess around it as well. However it was easily removed and the surgery was successful. They respected my request for no inj...
by izzerie
Tue Jun 14, 2011 11:45 am
Forum: Health
Topic: New rats. Advice needed on health etc etc
Replies: 17
Views: 661

Re: New rats. Advice needed on health etc etc

Just part the hair on the back of the neck and drop it on. I usually use the end of the pipette to spread it out :) they don't like it that much, so reward them with something tasty afterwards!
by izzerie
Mon Jun 13, 2011 11:52 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Albert's lump
Replies: 6
Views: 230

Re: Albert's lump

Thanks ErnieG! The reason I asked about a night alone is because one of my boys, Rupert, is almost certain to try to atleast groom his wound, if not pull the stitches out and open it all back up again for him :roll: so if Albert is a bit out of it then I'm a little worried about him not being able t...