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by Neotoma
Sun Aug 07, 2011 5:05 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Introductions after cagemate's death...
Replies: 14
Views: 1430

Re: Introductions after cagemate's death...

I think your best bet is a pair of baby boys - if he likes playing they'll give him what he wants, and intros like that, whilst not infalliable, have been done many times. The lone boy is a potential option - rats who have never had company can accept it, but intros are a bit more interesting as the...
by Neotoma
Sun Aug 07, 2011 4:54 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Dehydration
Replies: 7
Views: 234

Re: Dehydration

I use water with honey in when they are ill - gets hydration and sugar in in one go. However, I agree with Beri - if she's actually dehydrated and won't take liquids, it's an emergency vet job.
by Neotoma
Sun Aug 07, 2011 8:16 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Funny Noises
Replies: 1
Views: 200

Re: Funny Noises

Sounds like a nasal rattle. Give it a few days to see if it settles of it's own accord, and if it doesn't, or if it gets worse, then take him to the vet and have his chest checked. If his chest is involved then he'll need ABs for respiratory infection. If his chest is clear, then its up to you and t...
by Neotoma
Sun Aug 07, 2011 8:10 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Hairless rats eye
Replies: 7
Views: 287

Re: Hairless rats eye

Hairless rats often have eye problems, due either to the eyelashes being absent (which allows gunk to get under the eyelids and cause an irritation - it has tobe removed either by the owner or the vet), or due to the eyelashes being curly or malformed which can result in them irritating the eye. I w...
by Neotoma
Sun Aug 07, 2011 8:05 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Coat quality has become poor
Replies: 17
Views: 453

Re: Coat quality has become poor

I'd also take her to the vet just to check it is a dietry reason, and there are no underlying health problems :wink:
by Neotoma
Sun Aug 07, 2011 8:03 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Coat quality has become poor
Replies: 17
Views: 453

Re: Coat quality has become poor

Rusting a pale circles round eyes sound like copper deficiency (there is more info on that in the feeding forum). I'd definitely suggest a change in diet, starting with a good quality dry mix, either a high quality rat museli (as far as I know the best are rupert rat or xtra vital, both here: http:/...
by Neotoma
Sun Aug 07, 2011 7:53 am
Forum: Other Rat Care
Topic: Urgent advice needed.
Replies: 20
Views: 608

Re: Urgent advice needed.

It's not any more risky to get a 1 yr old castrated than a slightly younger rat normally (I get more wary towards 2 yrs, but I've done 1 yr olds pretty much automatically). That's not to say he needs castration - he might mix with babies, or laid back older boys fine (it's not something you can pred...
by Neotoma
Sat Aug 06, 2011 8:47 pm
Forum: Other Rat Care
Topic: Healthy Rat Weight
Replies: 5
Views: 194

Re: Healthy Rat Weight

I normally expect rescue boys to get between 400 and 600 g, depending on build. But whilst they do get weighed, I actually go on feel. If they are sleek and firm, with nice round tails and nicely covered, they are about right. If they have bingo wings, neck or tummy rolls, or puddle when sitting, th...
by Neotoma
Sat Aug 06, 2011 8:40 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Coat quality has become poor
Replies: 17
Views: 453

Re: Coat quality has become poor

It sound slike she's rusting, which I wouldn't expect that young. What are they being fed on?
by Neotoma
Sat Aug 06, 2011 8:37 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Upper resiratory
Replies: 26
Views: 627

Re: Upper resiratory

Septrin is always a bit of a pain unless they like the synthetic taste, just because there is so much of it. My experience suggests strong flavours of either a sweet, fatty, or meaty taste go down well.
by Neotoma
Sat Aug 06, 2011 8:58 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Vets bill
Replies: 31
Views: 1142

Re: Vets bill

Eye surgery on something rat sized is delicate and needs a certain amount of expertise - I'd expect something in the £100 range at least. However I am really really grateful that my vets do their own out of hours stuff rather than contracting out. I had two out of hours visits in 3 days a few weeks ...
by Neotoma
Sat Aug 06, 2011 8:24 am
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Joey, I will never kiss you again :(
Replies: 12
Views: 1458

Re: Joey, I will never kiss you again :(

It's perfectly normal behaviour really - they are natural predators for insects and even small animals. Small scuttly protien doesn't stand much of a chance if it'sdumb enough to go near a rat.
by Neotoma
Sat Aug 06, 2011 8:08 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Piriton Dosage
Replies: 14
Views: 301

Re: Piriton Dosage

that's all I can tell you as our vet dispenses them in little bottles without the original info on them so don't know what strength the tablets are etc. This was the essence of my point though - rats can certainly get allergies, and where indicated an antihistamine might be appropriate - but it's b...
by Neotoma
Sat Aug 06, 2011 8:01 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Help for hayfever treatment
Replies: 6
Views: 195

Re: Help for hayfever treatment

I meant heavy duty in the way that any drug that has an active affect on the bodies response can be considered heavy duty. There are various things that can be used long-term and don't necessarily have side-effects - doxy and metacam being two, both of which we use happily long-term and in a wide ra...
by Neotoma
Fri Aug 05, 2011 9:15 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: URGENT Rats eaten ..... (distressing)
Replies: 10
Views: 1884

Re: URGENT Rats eaten ..... (distressing)

It's pretty unlikely that a poisoned mouse would just happen to chose your rat cage as the place to die. It's much more likely that it went in there looking for food, and well, met an unfortunate end. It's not a very nice thought, but rats predate mice in the wild, so it's actually fairly natural be...