Nose bleeds in rats

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Nose bleeds in rats

Post by Angels_storm » Mon Jan 14, 2008 7:57 pm

I took 2 rats from Nicky a couple weeks back the 2 champange boys,

We have noticed recently that Merlin the bigger of the 2 boys has been getting occasional nose bleeds, is this something to be worried about?

I am pleased to say that despite this the 2 boys are blossoming, they are so friendly and love nothing more then a cuddle
their tails are completly clear and no sign of any mites

Im just a bit concerned about the nose bleeds

advice would be great please

thanks
mom to 4 beautiful boys... Moosk, Ben & Jerry, :love:

Merlin & Caspa ..Run Free at Rainbow Bridge :rainbow:

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Re: Nose bleeds in rats

Post by mcfadyen » Mon Jan 14, 2008 8:27 pm

The nosebleeds are most likely to be excessive porphyrin production. Rats' mucous is red due to the porphyrin and excessive production is usually the sign of the rat being under stress of some sort, be it illness or environmental.

It could just be that Merlin is a bit stressed after his move and is just settling into his new home, with all the new smells and sounds. If he's sneezing at all too, it could be an early sign of a respiratory problem. It depends on how bad these 'nosebleeds' are - does he just have a bit of goo around his nose or it is pouring out?

A check up at the vets wouldn't go amiss, just to check his chest and nose for any hint of a rattle.

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Re: Nose bleeds in rats

Post by Angels_storm » Tue Jan 15, 2008 10:26 am

thanks for the reply, am going to take him to the vets this afternoon just to be on the safe side, they have been through so much, I cant bear the thought of them going through any more pain or stress

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Re: Nose bleeds in rats

Post by mcfadyen » Tue Jan 15, 2008 7:49 pm

Let us know what the vet says - hopefully he'll be given the all clear and he'll settle into his new home without any more fuss!

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