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by Neotoma
Tue Aug 09, 2011 9:45 am
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Feeding veg...
Replies: 23
Views: 679

Re: Feeding veg...

Ok :D I was just checking there wasn'ty some safety issue I'd missed. Although Woozle would have been pretty cross if you'd come between him and his daily banana serving :lol: .
by Neotoma
Mon Aug 08, 2011 9:06 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Feeding veg...
Replies: 23
Views: 679

Re: Feeding veg...

Is there a reason why not bananas? My lot adore them (in moderation obviously :wink: ), and I've never seen an adverse effect.
by Neotoma
Mon Aug 08, 2011 9:05 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Safe fruit/veg waste? General veg questions..
Replies: 12
Views: 372

Re: Safe fruit/veg waste? General veg questions..

I feed skin on, mainly because whilst the skin is where some of the natural insecticides occur, it's also where a lot of the vitamins are concentrated. Carrots are one of the higher pesticide residue collectors, and I do normally buy organic. I have some broad beans in pods I intend to feed, but I w...
by Neotoma
Mon Aug 08, 2011 8:50 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Decided to castrate!
Replies: 18
Views: 405

Re: Decided to castrate!

You probably don't need to give up a whole night's sleep - ifhe's ok by your normal bed time he'll be fine. Tbh, they normally just want to sleep it off for several hours. By the way, if he's going to reopen the wound, he will lull you into a false sense of security by leaving it alone while the vet...
by Neotoma
Mon Aug 08, 2011 8:47 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Upper resiratory
Replies: 26
Views: 626

Re: Upper resiratory

Sounds like it could well be myco, if the septrin isn't working after a few days. You could rule out allergies by trying an antihistamine if your vet thought it was worth it, but in all honesty, I think normal rat resp issues are most likely. My advice would be to insist on doxycycline (ask for the ...
by Neotoma
Mon Aug 08, 2011 8:42 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: suddenly subdued
Replies: 1
Views: 148

Re: suddenly subdued

If in doubt, I'd take her to the vet. It's not an unusual thing to happen with internal pain, so it's definitely worth getting checked out.

if you aren't certain she's drinking, offer her something liquid on a spoon, and also make sure there is some wet food available just in case.
by Neotoma
Mon Aug 08, 2011 8:40 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Case for the emergency vets?
Replies: 8
Views: 357

Re: Case for the emergency vets?

If she continues to improve then you might be able to wait. I would normally always say emergency vet in this situation, but if the emergency vet isn't actually going to do anything useful, then it might just potentially stress her for no gain. However if she deteriorates again you should probably r...
by Neotoma
Mon Aug 08, 2011 8:31 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Could it be hayfever or resp probs?
Replies: 8
Views: 231

Re: Could it be hayfever or resp probs?

I meant metaphorical reserve :wink: I would assume they can get hayfever, but in 12 years I've not met it. In fact none of my resp issues have ever been anything other than the standard infections (except for one which was lung cancer - but don't worry about that, it's uncommon, and it was obvious)....
by Neotoma
Mon Aug 08, 2011 8:24 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: How to get best results from Flixotide
Replies: 6
Views: 148

Re: How to get best results from Flixotide

I can't be certain, but it sounds logical.
by Neotoma
Mon Aug 08, 2011 8:23 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Decided to castrate!
Replies: 18
Views: 405

Re: Decided to castrate!

The post anaesthetic stage can take them various ways - usually mine are either fine and bouncy, or sleepy and floppy, but Sausage did go disoriented and spent hours biting and tugging at the claws on his front feet - didn't do any damage fortunately, but it was pretty nerve-wracking watching him. T...
by Neotoma
Mon Aug 08, 2011 8:18 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Could it be hayfever or resp probs?
Replies: 8
Views: 231

Re: Could it be hayfever or resp probs?

It is possible for it to be an allergy (in which case the vet would probably give an antihistamine), but it is more likely to be the normal rat resp issues, as there is no reason for an allergy to clear up with baytril. If they have cleared up on 4 days baytril, I would continue with that for at lea...
by Neotoma
Mon Aug 08, 2011 8:13 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Case for the emergency vets?
Replies: 8
Views: 357

Re: Case for the emergency vets?

It does sound serious and any collapse like that I would normally take to the vets immediately. However, I do have good out of hours care available.

Did she take the baytril and metacam, and is she still stretched out and straining for breath? It actually sounds like a potential form of choking.
by Neotoma
Mon Aug 08, 2011 5:38 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: How to get best results from Flixotide
Replies: 6
Views: 148

Re: How to get best results from Flixotide

I've not had to nebulise, sorry. Hopefully someone else will know. Experiementing is not fun, but unfortunately with rats it's sometimes the way treatment goes. Zithromax is the same family of drugs as draaxin, so it's a good second bet (especially if he's never had it) - but I think draaxin is more...
by Neotoma
Mon Aug 08, 2011 5:34 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Swollen/limpy foot
Replies: 2
Views: 148

Re: Swollen/limpy foot

Hope he's ok now - it certainly looked nasty (I'm trawling the board bumping response posts :wink: ). If not, then if you give an update people might be able to make more suggestions.
by Neotoma
Mon Aug 08, 2011 5:31 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Difference between ventipulmin and ventolin syrup??
Replies: 2
Views: 113

Re: Difference between ventipulmin and ventolin syrup??

It's probably the same active ingredient but just in a different type of syrup. E.g. noroclav tablets and synulox liquid are exactly the same thing biochemically, but in a totally different matrix.

If the rat has strong opinions I'd ask the vet for the prefered option and explain why.