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by neotoma
Sat Nov 14, 2015 10:39 am
Forum: Varieties and genetics
Topic: Need advice from recessive hairless breeders.. Skin question
Replies: 13
Views: 1538

Re: Need advice from recessive hairless breeders.. Skin ques

Are we talking big wrinkles, or what make-up companies call fine wrinkles? Big wrinkles in hairless I've seen mainly seem to be a weight thing (the skinnier the wrinklier). The thing I would worry about breeding hairless if you don't know much about the line is eye problems. They can get a few diffe...
by neotoma
Sun Mar 01, 2015 2:26 pm
Forum: Varieties and genetics
Topic: Australian Mink
Replies: 3
Views: 1041

Re: Australian Mink

Aussie mink is a bit weird. I've been told by more than one person, including a breeder that it is the same as european russian blue as it has the distinct heathering and is more grey than brown. However, that said Australian cinnamon (agouti x mink, same as in the uk) doesn't look like russian blue...
by neotoma
Fri Jan 23, 2015 12:58 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Wild about Wildies
Replies: 231
Views: 23320

Re: Wild about Wildies

Ah, yes, wild rat in heat... It's an experience! Oddly my rattus only currently go into super powered buzzy bunny heats when they meet a neutered norvegicus boy. Meeting the unneutered rattus boy (right species, technically capable) through the bars does nothing. Meeting an intact norvegicus boy (w...
by neotoma
Tue Jan 20, 2015 11:42 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Vets that 'don't treat rats'?
Replies: 14
Views: 910

Re: Vets that 'don't treat rats'?

There's a vet at the practice we use who is severely allergic to rats and mice. She doesn't do routine consults on them, but she's rallied round out of hours or at the weekend a few times. She just masks / gowns / gloves up and has us / a nurse do most of the handling. But our practice will treat pr...
by neotoma
Tue Jan 20, 2015 11:26 am
Forum: Health
Topic: At what point do you take a rat to the vet?
Replies: 8
Views: 680

Re: At what point do you take a rat to the vet?

I really can't walk into the vet surgery saying 'there's nothing obviously wrong but I can just tell she isn't comfortable'! You can - I have a few times! And normally something has been found. Also, a good vet won't mind. As one of my two favourite vets said on the one occasion I pitched up and it...
by neotoma
Sun Nov 09, 2014 10:25 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Excessive drinking
Replies: 12
Views: 1463

Re: Excessive drinking

We pull our diabetic boy out most night at dry mix time, and give him something low in carbs to partially fill him up and dilute the dry mix so the overall diet has a low glycemic load. It's usually avocado, although sometimes nuts. He's 26 months now and the diabetes seems pretty controlled (no exc...
by neotoma
Thu Oct 30, 2014 3:22 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Advice please - Lump on male rat, vet won't touch it
Replies: 3
Views: 540

Re: Advice please - Lump on male rat, vet won't touch it

I'd get an opinion from another vet who has dealt with similar things before. If it is cancerous and attached to the muscle or bone, then taking the whole leg might be the only option to allow survival, and whilst not ideal, they can adapt well to having three legs, especially if fairly young. So I'...
by neotoma
Sun Oct 26, 2014 2:48 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Advice on neutering
Replies: 3
Views: 674

Re: Advice on neutering

I don't know if he is close enough to you for routine things, but for surgery, I would without any doubt whatsoever, go with Steve Smith, the exotics specialist at Wendover Heights Veterinary Centre (I put him on one of the recommended vets list, but can't remember if it got filtered into SE or East...
by neotoma
Mon Oct 06, 2014 1:47 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Help with diagnosis please, vet is not sure.
Replies: 7
Views: 633

Re: Help with diagnosis please, vet is not sure.

As he's improved a lot on antibiotics and an NSAID, I'd guess ear infection. PTs that are showing serious symptoms normally need quite aggressive treatment (steroids and potentially something like galastop) to see improvement. I'd certainly treat it like an ear infection unless other symptoms develop.
by neotoma
Mon Sep 01, 2014 1:56 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Gallastop Dose - some advice please
Replies: 8
Views: 815

Re: Gallastop Dose - some advice please

Rat Health Guide states that as the Galastop comes in a 50mg/ml concentration over here then a higher than usual dose is required, although they do not state ( unhelpfully ) how much the dose is. Galastop is 50 ug/ml (50 mg/ml would be huge!). That's 0.05 mg/ml. Therapeutic dose for the active ingr...
by neotoma
Mon Jun 09, 2014 11:59 am
Forum: Health
Topic: how many times a day for baytril?
Replies: 13
Views: 1450

Re: how many times a day for baytril?

The hooting noise when sleeping is a combination of a bit of mucus getting stuck and compression of the airways. Rats have a habit of sleeping with their heads in really daft positions ("ooh, I've got a resp infection! I kknow, I'll fold my neck double and sit on my own head! :roll: ), which doesn't...
by neotoma
Sun Jun 08, 2014 2:25 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: how many times a day for baytril?
Replies: 13
Views: 1450

Re: how many times a day?

I'd go to the vet first, and get their chests checked. If it is upper only, especially with the one who is only sneezing, it may not be appropriate to give antibiotics at this stage (on the otherhand it may, or it may have spread lower, which is why I'm saying vet, as you need to know the full range...
by neotoma
Sun Jun 08, 2014 2:20 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Castration health details
Replies: 11
Views: 1380

Re: Castration health details

It's a little while since I've had a boy done, but if my memory is right, with our current Aus vet, it is usually a more or less invisible single incision on the upper part of the scrotum (so not low down on the dangly ball sac, but also nowhere near as high as the penis). The UK vet generally did t...
by neotoma
Sun Jun 08, 2014 2:40 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Castration health details
Replies: 11
Views: 1380

Re: Castration health details

Old age issues... not a lot really. There is probably a slightly increased risk of boy mammary lumps, but I've only had two cases of that in well over 20 boys, so it's not a big thing here. They also technically might have a predisposition to become podgier, but they are also usually more active, so...
by neotoma
Sun Jun 08, 2014 2:25 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Castration health details
Replies: 11
Views: 1380

Re: Castration health details

Ok... Op details: It can be done with the tunic closed or open. In closed, they (double) tie off the whole tunic above the testicles, which also ties off the sperm cords and main blood vessels. Then they cut the tunic to take out the testicles. This is the favoured method by both my UK and Aus vets,...

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