I was wondering if someone could tell me what mostly causes respiratory problems in rats please?
My first rat to get a problem was Beanie at the end of April. It was touch and go for a bit and then he pulled through once we changed his medication. Then Marvin became unwell a few weeks ago, but I wasn't too surprised at that as they are brothers and not from a good start in life. Marvin got better, however Jelly started sounding really chesty on Sunday and then Marvin suddenly went downhill overnight last night
They are now both lying on the cage floor and breathing really noisy and fast Their vet appointment isn't until 9am tomorrow morning. I can't go there any earlier as they don't have a slot and my mum is working anyway. I'm hoping they'll be okay. I found one of my old Guinea Pigs dead yesterday, I don't want to lose any more furry friends this week...
Can dusty substrate cause it? I've been thinking about it a lot recently as the substrate I use (not sure if I should name it) has been very dusty recently... I hoover out the bottom of the cage every week! I did complain and the supplier said he is changing things, so I've ordered a new bale hoping it's going to be better...
I recently turned our box room into a rat room (yay!) It's got excellent ventilation and it's easy to keep clean, so that's not the problem. I don't use anything perfumed anywhere near the rat room and I only use hot water to clean the cage. I'm really at a loss to think of anything else that is making it worse for my poor boys.
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