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by annc
Tue Oct 01, 2013 8:38 pm
Forum: Physique
Topic: Is it usual for hairless/double rex rats to look thin?
Replies: 2
Views: 1614

Is it usual for hairless/double rex rats to look thin?

I have three and they all look really bony.

The full grown buck is 352g

The young buck is 272g and the young girl is 237g.

I suppose their weights are within normal limits.
by annc
Mon Sep 30, 2013 9:26 pm
Forum: Physique
Topic: How can I help a rat that is extremely obese?
Replies: 13
Views: 4899

Re: How can I help a rat that is extremely obese?

Mine have digital kitchen scales.

Enjoy your diet, lovely rats. You'll feel so much better.
by annc
Mon Sep 30, 2013 11:20 am
Forum: Physique
Topic: How can I help a rat that is extremely obese?
Replies: 13
Views: 4899

Re: How can I help a rat that is extremely obese?

Have you managed to pop him in a box and weigh him?
by annc
Mon Sep 30, 2013 11:18 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Please help - 2 rats dead, another dying.
Replies: 25
Views: 5859

Re: Please help - 2 rats dead, another dying.

If it is a urinary tract infection, rats often respond well to Septrin /co-trimoxazole. Good luck at the vet's.
by annc
Sun Sep 29, 2013 7:54 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Please help - 2 rats dead, another dying.
Replies: 25
Views: 5859

Re: Please help - 2 rats dead, another dying.

I'm so sorry for your losses. The other two could have been coincidental - if Whiskers was an old rat. Lacey could have dies in a fall, or had some infection. The 'rat disposal system' is so horrible, but is a natural thing, especially in some lines. I just wondered if the discharge could be coming ...
by annc
Sun Sep 29, 2013 7:43 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Droppings & Coughings
Replies: 5
Views: 1761

Re: Droppings & Coughings

It helps relieve stress if you take two or more cage-mates in a carrier to the vet. It must work out expensive to have home visits, and they do cope well. I'm not sure how old your rat is, but some rats do have long-term scarring problems which mean they wheeze on and off. I have two long-term wheez...
by annc
Sun Sep 29, 2013 7:12 pm
Forum: Physique
Topic: How can I help a rat that is extremely obese?
Replies: 13
Views: 4899

Re: How can I help a rat that is extremely obese?

You may have to make the changes fairly slowly, but many people find that scatter feeding (with uncooked food) is a help - possibly with a healthy but non-nugget diet. He also needs exercise, and if he can be encouraged to exercise more on free range you might be able to move on to stairs - or a lit...
by annc
Sat Sep 28, 2013 8:47 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Infected bite and big lump - abscess?
Replies: 16
Views: 4123

Re: Infected bite and big lump - abscess?

Unless you are allergic to latex, I should wear latex gloves while handling the Synulox. They are on it for 7 days, which should be fine. If at any stage you have rats which need co-amox for longer, I find it much better and cheaper to have co-amoxiclav tablets, which you can crush and give in marzi...
by annc
Mon Sep 23, 2013 11:47 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Injectable anaesthetic for pts? *sensitive*
Replies: 8
Views: 2501

Re: Injectable anaesthetic for pts? *sensitive*

I have a great vet. He seldom uses gas as he feels that rats often find it distressing. I've had a number of rats pts, with me holding them for the injection and most don't even flinch. I then put them against my chest, so the last thing they hear is my heartbeat.
by annc
Fri Sep 20, 2013 8:38 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Advice on zgt please
Replies: 10
Views: 3009

Re: Advice on zgt please

It is very much a case of you watching the rat. As prey animals, they hide it so well. If he has trouble eating, which can occur if it affects the teeth, or seems to be having other problems which stop him living a 'normal'; life, then he is probably telling you it is time, but I hope you have more ...
by annc
Tue Sep 17, 2013 10:54 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Any advice? Generally poorly oldie.
Replies: 4
Views: 1219

Re: Any advice? Generally poorly oldie.

He might benefit from a kidney-friendly diet and possibly a supplement of Ipakatine and also Senior-Aid. I'm just starting my Milky Way on this.
by annc
Mon Sep 16, 2013 10:20 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: PLEASE HELP! eta split ear
Replies: 19
Views: 4474

Re: PLEASE HELP!

If you see us using abbreviations like MT (mammary tumour), just ask - we do slip into our own language! It could well be another abscess, but it is worth seeing the vet. Most mammary tumours are not malignant, but they tend to recur under the influence of hormones - although males can get them too....
by annc
Mon Sep 16, 2013 5:06 pm
Forum: Other care
Topic: Breeding and birthing - what happens when things go wrong?
Replies: 18
Views: 44319

Re: Breeding and birthing - what happens when things go wron

I'm just so sorry Amzy, Kate and Nelly.
by annc
Mon Sep 16, 2013 4:57 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: balding...
Replies: 4
Views: 1253

Re: balding...

Just checking that he's not a rex or double rex? My double res who has always been well-furred has decided to moult in the last few weeks and is almost bald - then I have two young ones who are almost bald.
by annc
Mon Sep 16, 2013 4:22 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Timing of doxycycline and Calcivet/DailyRat3?
Replies: 7
Views: 1899

Re: Timing of doxycycline and Calcivet/DailyRat3?

My vet dissolves the doxycycline. they are on 0.18ml twice daily, (I'll give you the concentration when I lay my hands on it.) or 0.36ml in the morning. He says this could give them diarrhoea, in which case they should have probiotics.

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