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by Neotoma
Mon Aug 08, 2011 5:29 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Sneezing Rat
Replies: 2
Views: 326

Re: Sneezing Rat

It could be the start of a resp problem, or it could be a reaction to a change like washing powder. It's not something that can be judged from a description as the symptoms are the same. If the sneezing is persistent (e.g. if it carries on after you've washed her hammocks in something else and chang...
by Neotoma
Mon Aug 08, 2011 5:26 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Slight Swelling
Replies: 2
Views: 137

Re: Slight Swelling

I've not had experience with the head, but I've had minor swelling due to bruise / twisting on legs and it's been ok - however, head is obviously more potentially serious.

I think your best course of action is to ring the vet and ask them if they think they should see her.
by Neotoma
Mon Aug 08, 2011 5:23 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: How to get best results from Flixotide
Replies: 6
Views: 147

Re: How to get best results from Flixotide

Afraid I'm not sure (just bumping this in case anyone else is!) I have a nasty feeling that since your vet suggested experiementation, it's an unknown. If the vet siad twice daily I'd be inclined to do twice daily -with the other questions I'd be inclined to ring the vet and ask - they really should...
by Neotoma
Mon Aug 08, 2011 5:19 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Abscess needs to be lanced but can't go under
Replies: 16
Views: 498

Re: Abscess needs to be lanced but can't go under

Back from vets. You should have seen the face on the vet when puss started squirting out. I thought he was gona faint :lol: I said I would finish it myself at home to save his stomach. Is your vet absolutely certain about his career? :lol: Because it's going to involve quite a lot of pus, in a vari...
by Neotoma
Mon Aug 08, 2011 5:16 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Limping
Replies: 2
Views: 153

Re: Limping

It sounds like either:

She keeps doing something daft and twisting a limb

or

There is some sort of nerve / neurological problem going on (e.g. possibly causing numbness)

Either way, with a second occurance, I would suggest a vet trip for an opinion.
by Neotoma
Mon Aug 08, 2011 4:39 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Damaged legs or back
Replies: 12
Views: 359

Re: Damaged legs or back

I'd guess that she knocked / broke / sprained something in the fall (no way of telling from a distance), and then the injury site has swollen - which would result in both the original problem, and potential pressure from the swelling on nerves. It's also possible that she did a minor injury original...
by Neotoma
Mon Aug 08, 2011 4:34 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Hairless rats eye
Replies: 7
Views: 277

Re: Hairless rats eye

Rats (furry or otherwise) normally count as exotic in vets practices - ours do it that way. They shouldn't be charging you more for a consult as a result though.
by Neotoma
Mon Aug 08, 2011 4:32 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Coat quality has become poor
Replies: 17
Views: 448

Re: Coat quality has become poor

The red colour sounds like porhyryn staining in that case - it comes out her nose, then gets wipes on her fur when grooming. A lot of rats have a bit, but if it's new then it's another sign that she's feeling out of condition, as they produce more when under the weather or stressed.
by Neotoma
Mon Aug 08, 2011 4:30 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Respiratory infection-youngster not responding to treatment
Replies: 16
Views: 547

Re: Respiratory infection-youngster not responding to treatment

Yep, I wouldn't mix ABs unless you know what they are. The other problem with ABs in water (apart from the rat in need not getting the right dose), is that the rats not in need are also getting a random dose - which is not exactly ideal. I know she's not going to believe a random person on the inter...
by Neotoma
Mon Aug 08, 2011 4:19 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Coat quality has become poor
Replies: 17
Views: 448

Re: Coat quality has become poor

I spoke to my lovely rat friend about her and she reckons it could just be the fact that she is poorly bred from pet shop rats, and also had a litter at a very young age. I'm not convinced by this sort of theory in general - mainly because all my rats tend to be from rubbish backgrounds, and I've y...
by Neotoma
Mon Aug 08, 2011 3:59 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Vets bill
Replies: 31
Views: 1119

Re: Vets bill

The most expensive time I've ever paid at the vets was for my Spoon! I took him the emergancy vets, that cost £180 and then when I got home, he got worse and then on my pay back to put him to sleep he died! It was worth paying for it because of my poor little baby, but I always just think, they are...
by Neotoma
Mon Aug 08, 2011 7:42 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Introductions after cagemate's death...
Replies: 14
Views: 1377

Re: Introductions after cagemate's death...

Spayed females are quite rare in rescue - rescues don't do it because it's expensive (I don't think wood green even neuter their boys now), and although it does give significant benefits in terms of preventing mammary tumours and pyo, it's also quite a serious invasive op, so not everyone agrees wit...
by Neotoma
Sun Aug 07, 2011 6:30 pm
Forum: Other Rat Care
Topic: Urgent advice needed.
Replies: 20
Views: 596

Re: Urgent advice needed.

There isn't a right or wrong to castration. Some people castrate routinely, some only if it is absolutely essential. I'm in the former group, but I wouldn't criticise the latter. Basically you've got two sets of considerations. Cons: - it's an operation, and that carries an anaesthetic risk. You can...
by Neotoma
Sun Aug 07, 2011 5:54 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Feeding veg...
Replies: 23
Views: 675

Re: Feeding veg...

I feed pretty much anything we have - there's a dedicated rat bag of kale, and one of peas / sweetcorn / peppers / brocolli in the freezer, but otherwise they get our off cuts. I happen to rather like fruit and veg, so if you name any vegetable, they've had it. Regular things woud be lettuce (dark a...
by Neotoma
Sun Aug 07, 2011 5:11 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: whats the best way of introducing new rats ?
Replies: 3
Views: 280

Re: whats the best way of introducing new rats ?

Start on neutral territory where they have space to move about, but it's confined enough that they encounter each other. If all goes well, move to a big carrier / small cage Once you have a rat pile, move to main cage which should be well cleaned and neutral smelling. To start with don't put in any ...