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by [cub]
Thu Nov 08, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: our first poorly rat,
Replies: 5
Views: 111

Re: our first poorly rat,

I agree; antibiotics in the water is really not the best route of administration at all. I'm actually kind of shocked that a vet in 2018 would still be recommending this under normal circumstances.
by [cub]
Fri Oct 19, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: wondering if it's a good time for a new rat
Replies: 3
Views: 132

Re: wondering if it's a good time for a new rat

Can you please just clarify what age range 'juveniles' covers in rats? I'm not an expert, but I'd say that 10-12 weeks is ideal for introductions (much younger than 10 weeks verges into too small to safely introduce territory, but much more than 12 weeks and it starts being more like an adult to ad...
by [cub]
Wed Oct 17, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Other care
Topic: Advice following a vet visit.
Replies: 3
Views: 150

Re: Advice following a vet visit.

You can get ivermectin over the counter; Beaphar does a spot on which you can get in most high street pet shops, or you could order Harkamectin which has the benefit of being much more concentrated so you only need to use a drop, instead of an entire pipette of the Beaphar. It'd also be worth trying...
by [cub]
Wed Oct 17, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Feeding Advice
Replies: 3
Views: 171

Re: Feeding Advice

Rat Rations is an excellent place to spend all your money. :oops: :lol: They also sell substrate, which helps make the most of the delivery charge. Don't forget to get suitable vitamin supplementation with your food, since they don't pre-add it to their mixes like commercial mixes do. I personally r...
by [cub]
Wed Oct 17, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: wondering if it's a good time for a new rat
Replies: 3
Views: 132

Re: wondering if it's a good time for a new rat

Provided you have a large enough cage and sufficient funds for any possible vet trips, I don't see why not. You'll need to introduce new rats eventually anyway, to ensure that no rat is left on his own, and if the new friends are reasonably confident then that may help with your shyer boy. Having a ...
by [cub]
Wed Sep 19, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: New member - one sexually aggressive male rat
Replies: 5
Views: 195

Re: New member - one sexually aggressive male rat

Were the rats known to each other before you bought them (i.e. were they from the same litter at the same breeder, or in the same tank at the same pet shop) or were they meeting for the first time after you bought them? Rats that don't know each other generally need to go through a process of introd...
by [cub]
Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Claws splitting
Replies: 5
Views: 233

Re: Claws splitting

Is the split across the claw or along the length of the claw? If it's across the claw then hopefully a good quality diet will sort it out.

On an unrelated note, you mentioned just one rat... is she on her own?
by [cub]
Fri Sep 07, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: desiccated coconut a choking hazard?
Replies: 2
Views: 2011

Re: desiccated coconut a choking hazard?

I wouldn't have thought the size would be a particular problem. Either it's big enough for them to chew, in which case they'll chew it until it's small enough to swallow, or it's small enough to swallow to begin with. As I understand it, it's mostly texture that affects choking risk: sticky or clagg...
by [cub]
Thu Aug 23, 2018 7:57 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Needing help with my rescue rats!
Replies: 1
Views: 195

Re: Needing help with my rescue rats!

Is she biting you all the time, or only under certain conditions? (For example, I had a rat who was territorially aggressive: mostly fine out of the cage, but a real danger to hands that dared to venture inside the cage.) If you can work out what situations set her off, then you develop strategies t...
by [cub]
Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:53 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Slow rat at 22 months
Replies: 1
Views: 290

Re: Slow rat at 22 months

Her age and the lethargy make me think maybe heart failure? If so, the standard medications to try would be benazepril (or any other ACE inhibitor, to ease the load on the heart) and furosemide (or any other diuretic, to get fluid out of the lungs). The latter helps with the laboured breathing that ...
by [cub]
Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:17 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Possible PT... Help ASAP.
Replies: 2
Views: 242

Re: Possible PT... Help ASAP.

She really needs to see a vet; I'm not sure what the possibilities are and armchair diagnosis is difficult at the best of times, but if in doubt, try dexamethasone? Good luck.
by [cub]
Sat Jul 28, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Lone baby rat dilemma
Replies: 1
Views: 251

Re: Lone baby rat dilemma

Usual caveat: I'm not a vet, not even really an expert, I just keep rats and read things. Normally, mild respiratory symptoms would not preclude adopting more rats, since they are usually due to flare-ups of bacteria in the upper respiratory tract which are endemic in the pet rat population anyway. ...
by [cub]
Sat Jul 28, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: Other care
Topic: Thinking about getting rats
Replies: 5
Views: 1439

Re: Thinking about getting rats

Yeah, a dumbo rat is just a rat with slightly differently positioned ears. They can (and often do) appear in the same litters as top eared rats. They can be introduced to top eared rats just as easily, and need same-species company just as much as top eared rats do. Some people try to present them a...
by [cub]
Sun Jul 22, 2018 5:02 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Rat vet recommendation required Lincolnshire Yorkshire
Replies: 2
Views: 304

Re: Rat vet recommendation required Lincolnshire Yorkshire

If you're on Facebook (ugh), try this group for rat vet recommendations: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1849856665043534/
by [cub]
Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: New female rattie biting
Replies: 3
Views: 370

Re: New female rattie biting

I would have guessed territorial aggression, except for the fact that she's biting out of the cage as well? Spaying can help with aggressive females; it's not quite the same night and day difference that you get with neutering aggressive males, but it can help them chill out. It's no guarantee thoug...

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