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by [cub]
Wed Jul 08, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: What age do they become more social?
Replies: 1
Views: 19

Re: What age do they become more social?

Being happy to clamber around in your hoodie and sit on your shoulders sounds pretty social to me. A lot of rats don't particularly like being picked up or held, particularly if they're not from well established lines with solid temperaments. You can generally get them to tolerate it but if you thin...
by [cub]
Thu Jul 02, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: Forum notices and help
Topic: When to get new rats?
Replies: 2
Views: 101

Re: When to get new rats?

It's definitely a good idea to look at getting more rats now, especially if you want rats from a good breeder (rather than say a rescue). Not only does this hopefully mean you won't end up in a lone rat situation, but it also means your current rats will be younger and fitter when they go through in...
by [cub]
Wed Jul 01, 2020 1:55 pm
Forum: Other care
Topic: Tips for taming skittish girls
Replies: 2
Views: 132

Re: Tips for taming skittish girls

Given that they're still in intros and clearly really don't like being handled, I'd just focus on the intros for now. They've got a lot of new things to get used to, and extensive handling when they're not used to it may be too much for them right now on top of everything else. Once they're fully se...
by [cub]
Wed Jul 01, 2020 1:47 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: food enrichment
Replies: 1
Views: 88

Re: food enrichment

Save your empty toilet roll tubes, small cardboard boxes, egg cartons, etc. (Assuming your egg cartons are made of cardboard.) You can fold over the ends of toilet roll tubes to make a sealed box to contain food, hang it up with string, or put it inside a larger cardboard box. I've done 3-layered fo...
by [cub]
Mon Jun 29, 2020 1:46 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: New Home, New housemate?
Replies: 1
Views: 91

Re: New Home, New housemate?

In most cases, the best way to introduce rats is the carrier method. There's an article about it here and a video linked to at the end of the article: http://www.isamurats.co.uk/the-carrier-method.html I suspect the easiest intros are likely to be with a pair or trio of doe kittens. That said it rea...
by [cub]
Thu Jun 25, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Separating sick rats?
Replies: 6
Views: 729

Re: Separating sick rats?

I've definitely heard of exotic vets being shockingly clueless about rats so yes it's worth shopping around some more! Even though exotic vets are meant to get a lot more training and experience in non-cat/dog/livestock species, that's still a huge range to cover and some clearly still end up with l...
by [cub]
Thu Jun 25, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Separating sick rats?
Replies: 6
Views: 729

Re: Separating sick rats?

Excellent; it sounds like you're doing everything well. :D Most vets don't have much experience with or knowledge of rats and I've heard of quite a few advocating separating sick rats, probably because they don't realise that it's likely to be a bacterial species that the entire colony already has. ...
by [cub]
Thu Jun 25, 2020 10:20 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Separating sick rats?
Replies: 6
Views: 729

Re: Separating sick rats?

Most of the time separating ill rats isn't needed, no. In an established colony of pet rats, almost all respiratory infections are flareups of bacteria that normally live in the rat respiratory tract, usually Mycoplasma pulmonis . Pretty much all pet rats have these bacteria in their upper airways a...
by [cub]
Sun Jun 21, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Putting my boy to sleep :(
Replies: 3
Views: 503

Re: Putting my boy to sleep :(

It's always hard but you did the right thing. :hearts: You could try some enrichment feeding with your remaining boys. It would hopefully motivate them to be more active, and also give you something positive to focus on. One of the UK breeders made a playlist of nice food enrichment ideas here: http...
by [cub]
Sun Jun 21, 2020 9:15 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Best air purifier to get for rats respiratory systems
Replies: 2
Views: 306

Re: Best air purifier to get for rats respiratory systems

I've never used an air purifier myself so I can't advise, unfortunately. I think most people get them for the smell, for their own sake, rather than any health benefit though. To be honest the most important things for respiratory health is making sure you have a suitable substrate (absorbent and no...
by [cub]
Sat Jun 13, 2020 9:58 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Putting my boy to sleep :(
Replies: 3
Views: 503

Re: Putting my boy to sleep :(

Rats are unfortunately rather prone to sudden illnesses and rapid declines; they often hide illness well in the early stages, so they can be quite unwell by the time they have noticeable symptoms, and illnesses also often progress much more quickly in them than they would in larger mammals. That sai...
by [cub]
Sat Jun 06, 2020 8:44 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Azithromycin dosege (human variety) for rats, help needed
Replies: 4
Views: 300

Re: Azithromycin dosege (human variety) for rats, help needed

I was looking on http://ratguide.com/meds/antimicrobial_agents/azithromycin.php and clearly getting the maths all wrong! I get so confused with the mg Vs. ml thing that I loose the plot a little! I can see now that it says 8mg per pound. I still don't really get the '15 mg/kg to 30 mg/kg, PO, q24hr...
by [cub]
Fri Jun 05, 2020 12:13 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Azithromycin dosege (human variety) for rats, help needed
Replies: 4
Views: 300

Re: Azithromycin dosege (human variety) for rats, help needed

The BSAVA dosage of azithromycin for rats is 50mg/kg twice daily. 0.8mL of a 200mg/5mL solution contains 0.8*(200/5)=32mg, and 32mg/0.65kg=49mg/kg, which is actually a shade lower than the formulary dosage for a 650g rat, so yes, the dosage is not too high. You can sometimes mix these powders for su...
by [cub]
Fri Jun 05, 2020 12:01 pm
Forum: Other care
Topic: first aid kit
Replies: 2
Views: 478

Re: first aid kit

I honestly wouldn't stress too much over the first aid kit. The only things I'd say are necessary to get in advance are a hospital cage, syringes (preferably 1mL), and maybe a heat pad and cohesive bandage. Cohesive bandages can be very useful post-op, but you generally have some advance warning of ...
by [cub]
Fri Jun 05, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Time to think about the inevitable
Replies: 2
Views: 159

Re: Time to think about the inevitable

It varies depending on the vet and also whether or not you end up needing an emergency euthanasia out of hours. For an emergency, it'll usually be charged at the emergency consult rate which is likely to be at least £100. Otherwise it's usually around a normal consult price, sometimes a bit cheaper....

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