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by Jemma
Thu Sep 22, 2016 6:51 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Pepper has Pneumonia
Replies: 17
Views: 1237

Re: Pepper has Pneumonia

I've had a hunt for info on convenia and the best I could find on rats is estimating weekly N."". http://www.goosemoose.com/rfc/index.php?topic=4093900.0 I'd recommend asking for draxxin as a longer term option, it lasts 5 days for rats and is good against myco, possibly a good option in combo with ...
by Jemma
Wed Sep 21, 2016 12:11 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Alternatives to Co-amox
Replies: 8
Views: 921

Re: Alternatives to Co-amox

Id suggest metronidazole (flagyl), I tend to use it in combo with coamox for any stubborn abscessey things. Unfortunately it can be a challenge to get in them too.

Septrin isn't bad for puss penetration, may be worth trying that and metronidazole as a combo since the amox isn't working for you.
by Jemma
Wed Sep 07, 2016 12:31 pm
Forum: Other care
Topic: Question about varieties please
Replies: 4
Views: 875

Re: Question about varieties please

Black eyed whites can be prone to a form of epilepsy, in theory if there's enough white on them it may affect capped too but I've not come across specific issues with caps. In terms of Russian buff, this expresses a gene called Red Eyed Dilute (one I am currently working with) and rats expressing it...
by Jemma
Wed May 11, 2016 1:35 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Nervous about 'chewy' things since mouth abscess
Replies: 3
Views: 403

Re: Nervous about 'chewy' things since mouth abscess

Its one of those, everything is a risk assessment, he could have got it from a scratch in his mouth, it could have been tooth root related, it could have been from an innocent bit of food. As owners we have to balance risk against benefit and its easy to go too far into protective mode so the rats d...
by Jemma
Tue May 10, 2016 12:30 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Four unsocialised boys
Replies: 3
Views: 620

Re: Four unsocialised boys

There's a lot of info on the 2 main approaches to confidence building at the link below (scroll down to the bottom), it might be useful for you or your friend

http://www.isamurats.co.uk/starting-out-with-rats.html
by Jemma
Tue May 10, 2016 12:23 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Poorly old man - need help!
Replies: 2
Views: 439

Re: Poorly old man - need help!

The other thing to think about is kidney degeneration too, its likely to some degree in old rats but would account for a lot of the weight loss. It can also be linked with HLD. A second opinion is a good idea, but I'd also recommend getting some urine multireagent test strips (sold for humans or fro...
by Jemma
Tue Apr 12, 2016 12:32 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Beaphar anti-parasite spot on
Replies: 1
Views: 538

Re: Beaphar anti-parasite spot on

how old are they and how much do they weigh? If they are very young then it may be safer to take them to the vet and get revolution (which is selametcin and is safer). Ivermetcin (which is whats in beapher spot on) is generally very good but I would be more careful when using it on the very young, e...
by Jemma
Mon Apr 04, 2016 1:31 pm
Forum: Show your set up
Topic: Free Range areas
Replies: 14
Views: 7057

Re: Free Range areas

Due an update to this with a few free range options I’ve used over the years; The current rat room free range area This integrates the cage into the free range properly, meaning the outside of the cage becomes a climbing frame. As my cage is a triple its needed some adaptions to make this set up as ...
by Jemma
Mon Apr 04, 2016 1:24 pm
Forum: Show your set up
Topic: SRS/Explorer/Ferret & Critter Nation/Aventura style cages
Replies: 83
Views: 32774

Re: SRS/Explorer/Ferret & Critter Nation/Aventura style cage

I have realised I’ve universally neglected this Thread, so here’s some updated SRS pics. I now have a triple SRS, I use it in 2 parts, the top part is the penthouse suite for visitors, kittens or 3rd stage intros. The bottom 2 sections are my main cage, home to my girls for the majority of the time....
by Jemma
Wed Mar 02, 2016 1:58 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Ramps and mild HLD - need ideas!
Replies: 7
Views: 749

Re: Ramps and mild HLD - need ideas!

The ikea tie hanger things are great too, still a bit wobbly / challenging for them to use but catch falls well. I've had even moderate HLD affected lads get around with no tubes / ramps etc with one of those and a fair few strategically placed perches
by Jemma
Wed Mar 02, 2016 1:18 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: New rescue rats arriving at weekend- intros necessary!
Replies: 26
Views: 2074

Re: New rescue rats arriving at weekend- intros necessary!

Yep I'd bring them along plus a spare carrier in case things don't work out. Then just add them all to one carrier, I doubt at that age there will be much issue, if they don't settle quickly then separate them for the trip home but mostly its as simple as that. Then just follow the carrier method wh...
by Jemma
Thu Jan 28, 2016 1:51 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Rat lump
Replies: 5
Views: 558

Re: Rat lump

Is it like a tiny tag or lump directly on the pink bit of the nose? Or a larger lump or spot elsewhere? If its the former then it could actually be mange mites, they tend to target the ears but can get the nose too. I'd probably treat with ivermec to be safe if you think it might be this. A larger o...
by Jemma
Thu Jan 28, 2016 1:45 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Putting in middle of SRS
Replies: 1
Views: 557

Re: Putting in middle of SRS

It tends to cause them to use the space less effectively, and they do loose muscle tone and fitness. Whats worth trying first is putting a deep thick layer of a springy substrate like greenmile down. Mine do fall a fair bit but don't do any damage when they do because they land on that. Anythign too...
by Jemma
Mon Jan 25, 2016 2:22 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Introductions - Advice Needed
Replies: 3
Views: 528

Re: Introductions - Advice Needed

I'd start off by moving there cages away from each other for a few days. Don't free range them together or anything, give them a little brake from the last unsuccessful meeting. Then start again, this time taking them to a different room, one your exisiting boys don't know. And start introducing the...
by Jemma
Thu Dec 10, 2015 3:36 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Training to move away from the door
Replies: 12
Views: 930

Re: Training to move away from the door

I like safe swarming too, I open the srs door slowly with my arm under, as som young ones can gt pushed out, but once open closing isn't too bad. I do a quick sweep with my arm to push them into the cage, then close quiet quickly to about 1-2 inches, then (as they've inevitable stuck a head or two i...

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