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by [cub]
Mon Mar 04, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Rats and the safety of reusing cleaning equipment that's been exposed to cigarette smoke
Replies: 2
Views: 249

Re: Rats and the safety of reusing cleaning equipment that's been exposed to cigarette smoke

I'm definitely not an expert, but I would imagine that if you changed any relevant disposable parts (e.g. replaceable filters, hoover bags) and gave the equipment as good of a clean/wipe down as you can, it's probably fine. Maybe if you gave them all a first use in some part of the house that the ra...
by [cub]
Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Rat tail is not working
Replies: 6
Views: 680

Re: Rat tail is not working

Update: vet amputated Hattie’s tail on Friday. Either she or Honey removed dressing so took Hattie back to vet on Saturday to get it replaced. The vet charged me £22 for this. Is it common to be charged again? I would have thought it was up to the vet to ensure that the dressing was applied so that...
by [cub]
Wed Feb 27, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Rat tail is not working
Replies: 6
Views: 680

Re: Rat tail is not working

I pay about £110 for radiography, though I go to a practice near central London so it's already one of the more expensive ones. Actual exotics specialists charge a lot more though, and also London's not the only expensive area of the country. So I'd say that's probably not taking the piss.
by [cub]
Tue Feb 26, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Rat tail is not working
Replies: 6
Views: 680

Re: Rat tail is not working

They only need a brief amount of anaesthetic for an x-ray so it's pretty low risk, assuming it's isofluorane (or sevofluorane if the vets are seriously swanky). The bigger risks come with surgery where they're both under for a much longer time and also have a surgical wound which can get infected or...
by [cub]
Fri Feb 22, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Rattie refusing to eat
Replies: 3
Views: 436

Re: Rattie refusing to eat

I've heard of the Royal Dick being recommended up that way. They should have a decent idea of what they're doing given that they have an exotics department, but exotics specialists tend to be quite dear. Worth phoning them up to ask about prices and what they reckon though. Pinch Pinto's skin and se...
by [cub]
Wed Feb 20, 2019 11:28 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Rattie refusing to eat
Replies: 3
Views: 436

Re: Rattie refusing to eat

What antibiotics is she on, and at what dose? Also, where are you? I'm surprised any vet would prescribe a 3 day course of antibiotics for anything, so you could probably do with a better vet. :P If you're in the UK and on Facebook, there's a group dedicated to rat vet reviews which may be able to p...
by [cub]
Wed Feb 20, 2019 11:09 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Advice on surgery to remove tumour?
Replies: 2
Views: 434

Re: Advice on surgery to remove tumour?

Have samples of either tumour been taken/analysed? Normally I would strongly advise against operating on a malignant tumour in a rat regardless of location, especially if metastasis has already taken place. Recovery from surgery generally takes about a week, and given how quickly illnesses usually p...
by [cub]
Thu Feb 14, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Hooty babies
Replies: 3
Views: 269

Re: Hooty babies

What concentration of Baytril is it? If it's the 2.5% solution then 0.04mL twice daily is the standard dosage for a 100g rat, and I expect yours are a bit heavier than that. :P I'd be interested to see what book it is that your vet is working from...
by [cub]
Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: looking at finding a companion
Replies: 2
Views: 465

Re: looking at finding a companion

I'm very sorry for your loss. :( It may be sensible not to rush into getting more rats immediately, just in case your other lad died of something acutely infectious. What looks like sudden respiratory distress is often a heart attack or stroke, though, especially if death follows soon after. And you...
by [cub]
Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Hooty babies
Replies: 3
Views: 269

Re: Hooty babies

A course of ivermectin won't hurt. What dosage of Baytril were you prescribed, and how long a course were you given?
by [cub]
Fri Feb 08, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Cage placement with dogs in house
Replies: 5
Views: 685

Re: Cage placement with dogs in house

Ah, congratulations on your impending arrival then! If you're certain your dogs couldn't gain physical access to the cage with it in the living room, then I think that would be okay? But if the nursery is more secure then there's no reason they couldn't move into it and then out again once the inten...
by [cub]
Fri Feb 08, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Cage placement with dogs in house
Replies: 5
Views: 685

Re: Cage placement with dogs in house

I'm not an expert, having never had a dog myself, but the general consensus seems to be that you should try to ensure that dogs don't have access to the cage unsupervised. Rats can bite through the bars, so a curious dog who pokes a nose or paw into the cage is at risk of being bitten. Rat bites are...
by [cub]
Fri Feb 08, 2019 2:35 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: My rat bit me and drew blood - several times
Replies: 3
Views: 270

Re: My rat bit me and drew blood - several times

If Eric starts injuring his brothers as well then he may need to be kept separate until after he's been neutered and his hormones calm down, but if he's mostly okay with them then just make sure the cage layout is nice and open, with no hidey holes, so he can't corner anyone anywhere. As I understan...
by [cub]
Thu Feb 07, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Overweight and underweight rats - diet changes
Replies: 9
Views: 898

Re: Overweight and underweight rats - diet changes

Cabergoline can slow the progression of PTs if they're prolactin-driven, so if your vet is willing it's worth giving it a try alongside steroids. The PT dose of cabergoline is quite high though (0.6mg/kg every 3 days), so it's best dosed using human cabergoline tablets rather than Galastop liquid. G...
by [cub]
Thu Feb 07, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: My rat bit me and drew blood - several times
Replies: 3
Views: 270

Re: My rat bit me and drew blood - several times

First of all this isn't your fault, and it's not his fault either; this sounds like absolutely classic hormonal aggression, and you've already done the right thing for it by booking him in for a neuter. Second of all, keep an eye on the wound and see a GP if there's any sign of infection: redness, w...

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