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by Rattybabe
Mon Dec 14, 2009 8:38 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Put to sleep, or operate?
Replies: 40
Views: 825

Re: Put to sleep, or operate? (fairly urgent)

Well we never really knew what Sherlock's lump was, so hopefully your boy's is something different. Even if they don't get all of it, it may not grow back as quickly.

It was truly awful though, as, like your boy, there was nothing else wrong with him - it was heartbreaking to have to have him PTS. :cry:
by Rattybabe
Mon Dec 14, 2009 8:27 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Put to sleep, or operate?
Replies: 40
Views: 825

Re: Put to sleep, or operate? (fairly urgent)

I had a boy with a similar sounding lump, but it wasn't solid - just full of blood. The vet drained some off, but it just re-filled, so she operated to remove the lump. She couldn't get it all, as it was so close to vital bits around his neck. When he came home, he looked completely normal, but with...
by Rattybabe
Mon Dec 14, 2009 7:50 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Veganism in The Rat
Replies: 123
Views: 2198

Re: Veganism in The Rat

Rats are omnivores. In the wild they eat both vegetables and animal matter and to stop them from eating their natural food, to me, is wrong. But surely feeding them rabbit food and kibble is not their "natural food"? I suspect their natural diet is more likely to be old burgers and mouldy...
by Rattybabe
Fri Dec 11, 2009 7:10 pm
Forum: Other Rat Care
Topic: Where oh where can I get some rats?!!
Replies: 28
Views: 796

Re: Where oh where can I get some rats?!!

It's also worth joining the NFRS too - as well as a bi-monthly magazine, you get access to the forum, which is an excellent resource.

There are also kittens frequently advertised on there too!
by Rattybabe
Wed Dec 09, 2009 2:42 pm
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: Polydactyl
Replies: 18
Views: 479

Re: Polydactyl

What is the point of that?? :o
by Rattybabe
Wed Dec 09, 2009 1:12 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Bloody wee and back leg problems - PLEASE help!
Replies: 5
Views: 157

Re: Bloody wee and back leg problems - PLEASE help!

I'm glad to hear you've got Septrin - Baytril isn't terribly effective against UTI's. One of my lads had one a few months back, and Septrin was the only thing that shifted it. Have you been given the children's syrup, and if so, what is the dosage? The leg problem could actually be arthritis - is th...
by Rattybabe
Fri Dec 04, 2009 3:30 pm
Forum: Other Rat Care
Topic: Sorry more questions
Replies: 4
Views: 230

Re: Sorry more questions

if you were planning to add to your current group I would go for some older rescues rather than kittens. Since you already have five of the same age adding more only a month or so younger means you could potentially lose your entire group within months of each other which would be really difficult ...
by Rattybabe
Tue Dec 01, 2009 3:18 pm
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: kent breeders
Replies: 3
Views: 132

Re: kent breeders

Oh yes - I forgot about Natasha! :oops:
by Rattybabe
Tue Dec 01, 2009 3:01 pm
Forum: Breeding & Varieties
Topic: kent breeders
Replies: 3
Views: 132

Re: kent breeders

Ann Storey (Rivendell stud) is in Dartford, and Bex Havard (Karnimata rattery) is near Tunbridge Wells.

If you send an e-mail to breeders@nfrs.org, you will be sent a full list of breeders.
by Rattybabe
Mon Nov 30, 2009 2:53 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Warbling
Replies: 5
Views: 120

Re: Warbling

Just try the Sudafed. Once or twice a day should be enough. And make sure you get the right one - it's just the decongestant syrup you want, Not the cough syrup. There's really no point in using AB's unless the infection is on the chest - the symptoms will return as soon as you stop the AB's, and it...
by Rattybabe
Wed Nov 18, 2009 5:37 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: safe painkillers for ratlets?
Replies: 17
Views: 232

Re: safe painkillers for ratlets?

Rats have a much higher tollerance to paracetamol and ibroprufen then we do - hence needing a higher dose. Having said that, I have always given about 1ml of Calprofen to my boys for sprains and it has always taken the swelling down nicely. It really is worth getting a copy of "Common diseases&...
by Rattybabe
Fri Oct 09, 2009 10:22 am
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Raw meat
Replies: 26
Views: 457

Re: Raw meat

We really only feed slugs and very occasionally live worms but mainly slugs because they only eat vegetable matter and our soil is organic. How do you know that they haven't travelled from non-organic soil? Personally, I wouldn't feed any meat raw - I have had a rat with Campylobacter, and it's not...
by Rattybabe
Fri Oct 02, 2009 11:51 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Um.... bayril as a painkiller? Is this true?
Replies: 11
Views: 208

Re: Um.... bayril as a painkiller? Is this true?

Ah sorry, I shoul probably have put that in my OP.. Il get some calpol for him because they look a little more swollen than they did last night. If he looks a bit swollen, Calprofen would be better as it's an anti-inflammatory aswell. For either Calpol (you want the 6 plus version) or Calprofen, yo...
by Rattybabe
Fri Oct 02, 2009 8:30 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Um.... bayril as a painkiller? Is this true?
Replies: 11
Views: 208

Re: Um.... bayril as a painkiller? Is this true?

If your vet wont give you any Matacam, you can use Calpol or Calprofen.
by Rattybabe
Thu Sep 24, 2009 12:37 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Waterbottles
Replies: 9
Views: 139

Re: Waterbottles

Bowls for water arn't recommended unless you are around all day to change it frequently, as they also tend to get filled with substrate, wee and poo! depends on the rats a bit and your cage layout. I've always offered either a ceramic bowl on a shelf, or a coop cup of water alongside a bottle for a...