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by [cub]
Fri Oct 18, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Pickles smells so bad
Replies: 4
Views: 95

Re: Pickles smells so bad

Itching is apparently another possible sign of diabetes, so definitely try and get a urine sample and take it to a decent rat vet – if he's piddling lots that should hopefully make the process easier. :lol:
by [cub]
Fri Oct 18, 2019 7:29 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Abscess and no help from vet
Replies: 7
Views: 52

Re: Abscess and no help from vet

I'm very sorry for your loss, but it sounds like it was absolutely the right decision for her. It definitely seems like there was more going on than just the lump, judging by your description, and 2.5 years is old for a rat, so she did well despite her rough start in life. If/when you do want to int...
by [cub]
Fri Oct 18, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Abscess and no help from vet
Replies: 7
Views: 52

Re: Abscess and no help from vet

I've generally found that rodents are less stressed by the journey and the strange environment if they have a familiar companion along for the ride. If the vets do need to euthanise her, though, I wouldn't put her body back in the carrier with her sister as that might lead to her sister associating ...
by [cub]
Fri Oct 18, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: Other care
Topic: My rats are from the pet store..
Replies: 5
Views: 116

Re: My rats are from the pet store..

That's a fairly popular and perfectly suitable type of cage (unless your rats turn out to be plastic chewers... :P ), but cage size is also very important. Most PAH cages tend to be on the small side, though thankfully I think they've stopped marketing abjectly unsuitable rat cages these days. (PAH ...
by [cub]
Fri Oct 18, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Repeated falling after a spay?
Replies: 3
Views: 85

Re: Repeated falling after a spay?

As far as I am aware, the only definitive means of diagnosing a PT while the patient is alive is via MRI, which is sadly not a facility that many vet practices offer. Most diagnoses are based just on behavioural symptoms and response to treatment. Rat Guide's writeup on PTs is reasonably thorough. A...
by [cub]
Fri Oct 18, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Pickles smells so bad
Replies: 4
Views: 95

Re: Pickles smells so bad

I'd take him to the vet honestly, with a urine sample if you can get one. (Get him out of bed while he's fast asleep and put him in a clean, empty carrier. He will hopefully produce a nice sample for you promptly, which you can suck up into a clean syringe.) The two things that come immediately to m...
by [cub]
Fri Oct 18, 2019 1:55 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Abscess and no help from vet
Replies: 7
Views: 52

Re: Abscess and no help from vet

How do you know it's an abscess? Tumours can also come up with that kind of speed, and it's often not possible to tell for sure what it is without at least palpating the mass, if not a fine needle aspiration. Weight loss despite adequate caloric intake and behavioural change both definitely suggest ...
by [cub]
Tue Oct 15, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Poorly 14 week old rat
Replies: 4
Views: 1462

Re: Poorly 14 week old rat

Yes, respiratory problems in rats are extremely common, and yes, they are generally bacterial in origin so they do generally respond to antibiotics provided that it's the correct antibiotic for the bacterial species in question (taking into account any resistances that may have developed) and at the...
by [cub]
Tue Oct 15, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Scared rats
Replies: 2
Views: 90

Re: Scared rats

Is it possible to construct the cage without the tubes somehow? If that would leave the cage with holes in it, you may need to find a way to block them off using suitably secure mesh to prevent escapes. As you've noticed, nervous rats will tend to hide away if they have the option, which just leads ...
by [cub]
Tue Oct 15, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: Other care
Topic: Hurting after sudden loss
Replies: 1
Views: 70

Re: Hurting after sudden loss

Focusing on the remaining rats has always helped me, but I think everyone has to figure out how to cope in their own way. If you have a lot of questions about what happened, a post mortem can help, though note that it may not give you any concrete answers or any answers at all sometimes. Some people...
by [cub]
Tue Oct 15, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Repeated falling after a spay?
Replies: 3
Views: 85

Re: Repeated falling after a spay?

I have heard that general anaesthetics can cause or exacerbate pre-existing neurological conditions, but I don't know any more than that or have useful references unfortunately. I'd still keep an eye out for possible symptoms of a PT since the classic signs don't necessarily manifest right away. Hav...
by [cub]
Wed Oct 09, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Funny noise from young rat
Replies: 1
Views: 125

Re: Funny noise from young rat

It's probably exactly what it sounds like: he's got a blocked nose and is clearing it. At a guess, he might be exploring dusty corners while he's out of the cage; rats tend to stick their nose in places that we struggle to reach with the hoover or straight up don't notice. Again, if it's infrequent ...
by [cub]
Fri Sep 13, 2019 7:58 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Rat shows need to escape
Replies: 1
Views: 289

Re: Rat shows need to escape

Wanting to run off and explore is 100% normal behaviour for a rat, particularly for youngsters. Make a high-walled playpen (you may need it to be as much as 1m high) and sit in it with them, or rat-proof a small room (bathrooms often work well, just make sure there's no way to e.g. get under the bat...
by [cub]
Fri Aug 30, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: What do I do - advice/help on my boy please!
Replies: 2
Views: 519

Re: What do I do - advice/help on my boy please!

Unfortunately the lack of forelimb coordination rather suggests a brain tumour, a pituitary tumour being the most common type. General lack of coordination, inability to eat, and staring all corroborate that. If you want to attempt to treat, you can try putting him on steroids; if the painkiller he'...
by [cub]
Sun Aug 25, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: I think I made my new rats hate me
Replies: 1
Views: 1810

Re: I think I made my new rats hate me

I mean, I'm not sure what you expect from rats that: (i) are probably not from a good background, given how skittish they are; (ii) you've only had 5 days. :P Additionally, if you cleaned everything in their cage when you cleaned them out, it will have smelled significantly different afterwards, so ...

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