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by KatieJ
Mon Apr 20, 2015 8:15 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Rat behaviour change after cage mates gave birth.help needed
Replies: 2
Views: 545

Re: Rat behaviour change after cage mates gave birth.help ne

Hattie needs to be separated out. Her behaviour change suggests to me that Maddie is bullying her in order to "protect" her babies. If you do indeed have a second doe group, it would be best to get Hattie living with them ASAP. If she's still making noises when breathing, pop her to the vets and the...
by KatieJ
Thu Apr 16, 2015 1:52 am
Forum: Varieties and genetics
Topic: Colour identification?
Replies: 8
Views: 1346

Re: Colour identification?

Couldn't the breeder have told you what colours they and the father are? If not then alarm bells would be ringing and I would not be adopting from them. Unless it's a rescue litter?
by KatieJ
Wed Feb 11, 2015 11:35 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Using more than one vet
Replies: 6
Views: 1286

Re: Using more than one vet

Pffff, I have so many vets. Always chopping and changing. Largely now I have settled on the good all round one that has taken me forever to find (keep looking, it's worth it, good vets and good prices). While I was finding my current 'go to' vet I went through having one that was a bit further afiel...
by KatieJ
Mon Feb 09, 2015 9:50 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Rat broke her toe, advice wanted - Picture link inside
Replies: 6
Views: 580

Re: Rat broke her toe, advice wanted - Picture link inside

Hi Geoff, What country are you in? I see you say the toe looks better tonight, but your post time was early in our (UK) morning. There are medications available here I'd suggest for you (namely pain killer / anti inflammatory), but that won't help if you're not in the UK. The type we can get is the ...
by KatieJ
Mon Jan 19, 2015 10:25 pm
Forum: Breeding
Topic: A more positive thread about breeding
Replies: 37
Views: 3781

Re: A more positive thread about breeding

Yes Ellie, a well started and timely thread :hearts: I think I started keeping rats when I was about seven years old. Forever ago really >^^< I started with pet shop rats bought by my parents who lived in a tank :oops: . When I was older I found this forum and discovered rat rescuing and rat breeder...
by KatieJ
Mon Dec 15, 2014 12:11 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Jaw/throat abscess
Replies: 3
Views: 548

Re: Jaw/throat abscess

Could also be tooth root related? In which case it would keep returning until the source has been removed?
by KatieJ
Sun Dec 07, 2014 11:55 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Rat in season- blood??
Replies: 8
Views: 823

Re: Rat in season- blood??

My previous vet ALWAYS wanted to start with ABs for a while before they would spay but they all needed a spay! Grrr. For the most part mine have been older does and cysts / tumours, not pyo. This is why I have changed vets. Hopefully the new one will listen. Hope your vet will go ahead and spay for ...
by KatieJ
Tue Oct 07, 2014 1:26 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Female Rat: Acting Strange and Shrieking?
Replies: 1
Views: 292

Re: Female Rat: Acting Strange and Shrieking?

Sounds very much like she might have fallen on her butt >^^< This can be VERY painful for rats at the base of their tail, and obviously as their tails are so mobile it will be constantly twinging. It's worth making a vet appointment and asking for pain relief for her (metacam / loxicom). Let us know...
by KatieJ
Fri Jun 20, 2014 12:32 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: PT? Or something else?
Replies: 1
Views: 170

Re: PT? Or something else?

No one knows their rats like their owner, specially such an experienced and careful owner as you :) so your feelings could well be right. It's good you've started the treatments regardless, that will be your best indication of whether it is a pt or not given how he responds. Although it could be a n...
by KatieJ
Sun Mar 23, 2014 8:29 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Teeth problems!
Replies: 11
Views: 443

Re: Teeth problems!

Wow, what a fearsome photo! Amazing skills to get that shot! I'd hope the top ones would sort themselves out after the bottom was trimmed. My vet manages to do it without gas and very swiftly. He's very health and safety conscious and wears his safety glasses to protect against flying teeth :shock: ...
by KatieJ
Fri Jan 03, 2014 2:16 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: A LOT of red mucus around the cage? (Pic heavy)
Replies: 43
Views: 818

Re: A LOT of red mucus around the cage? (Pic heavy)

Once they baytril has burned, it's like a burn we would get, not much you can do :( you could give the burns a little bathe in a saline solution or hibiscrub though, if the girls are itching they might get the burns infected (hopefully not tho :) )
by KatieJ
Fri Jan 03, 2014 12:12 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Off balance, shaking head?
Replies: 13
Views: 596

Re: Off balance, shaking head?

Oh, I had heard they were good! Hope you get on okay at your appt. I've noticed with ear infection imbalance that they kind of twist / want to spin when you pick them up around the middle, and I'd noticed a general "offness" no more than a week before the tilt appeared. Slower onset might be a pt af...
by KatieJ
Fri Jan 03, 2014 11:19 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Off balance, shaking head?
Replies: 13
Views: 596

Re: Off balance, shaking head?

The sneezing and head shaking would make me think more ear infection than pt. I'd definitely try antibiotics asap. I think a steroid is sometimes given too? My favourite AB at the moment is veraflox, it seems to cure everything! If your vet doesn't have it, try st Vincents in Wokingham ;) Unless som...
by KatieJ
Mon Nov 25, 2013 9:55 am
Forum: Physique
Topic: How can you tell a rats age?
Replies: 6
Views: 810

Re: How can you tell a rats age?

After rats are no longer babies it's REALLY HARD to tell their age! And their personalities do vary enough that even with the differences you describe the girls could be the same age, or completely different ages. I have a rescue pair who are the same age. They were about 18-24 months when I got the...
by KatieJ
Sun Nov 17, 2013 11:24 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Rat opened stitches!
Replies: 28
Views: 2332

Re: **URGENT** RAT OPENED STITCHES - BLEEDING BADLY! HELP!

Its just all unbelievably stressful, the shock I had when her skin was hanging off, bleeding down my wife's arm with her in tears, jeez, its one of the worst days of my life. Sorry you had to experience something like that :( It is just awful when our babies are hurting. I definitely agree that she...

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