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by [cub]
Mon Jan 07, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: Other care
Topic: The Crazy Rat Trip
Replies: 38
Views: 7211

Re: The Crazy Rat Trip

Wonderful to hear that everyone's hard work is really paying off! Here's to some straightforward intros for you. :luck:

(And you just know they'd have asked for documentation if you hadn't got everything in order ... like a brolly in your bag warding off the rain. :lol: )
by [cub]
Sun Jan 06, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: PT support
Replies: 11
Views: 1490

Re: PT support

I'm so sorry. :( They really can take drastic turns for the worse, sadly; my PT girl had 2 weeks on prednisolone and cabergoline and made a near-miraculous recovery, only to collapse overnight. You might be able to borrow some retired bucks from a breeder, if you can't bear to part with Damon; I'm s...
by [cub]
Sun Jan 06, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: Health
Topic: PT support
Replies: 11
Views: 1490

Re: PT support

Poor lad. :( If it helps you any, PT rats often take drastic turns for the worse like this regardless of treatment. It's an awful thing for everyone. :hearts:
by [cub]
Sun Jan 06, 2019 2:11 am
Forum: Health
Topic: PT support
Replies: 11
Views: 1490

Re: PT support

Poor lad. I'm not super-familiar with steroids but I would have thought you should see improvement within a few days if it's going to help. Steroids usually increase appetite as well so hopefully that will encourage him to eat more. He may be having trouble with solid food so he may need a soft mash...
by [cub]
Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: substrate, bottom of cage, advice please
Replies: 5
Views: 879

Re: substrate, bottom of cage, advice please

Yeah, that's been mentioned on ratty FB as well today. Hopefully Rat Rations will be selling it in smaller quantities like they do with their other beddings; that way I can try it out without having to commit to a whole bale. Not sure what egg carton is going to be like for digging but we'll see. Ma...
by [cub]
Fri Jan 04, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Home remedy for mites
Replies: 7
Views: 1292

Re: Home remedy for mites

If your rat has respiratory issues and a skin reaction, it is probably not due to dust mites, and she needs to see a vet, preferably one with knowledge of and experience in treating rats. Ivermectin might help, but it really depends on what's causing her symptoms. Also, dust mites are not the same s...
by [cub]
Fri Jan 04, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: PT support
Replies: 11
Views: 1490

Re: PT support

I have read on a couple of the European forums that Bromocriptine can be a wonder drug, if it is a prolactin sensitive PT, however it looks like it can be difficult to get hold of here, I will see what the vet says. Will the vet be able to get hold of human Cabergoline tablets? They might be able t...
by [cub]
Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: substrate, bottom of cage, advice please
Replies: 5
Views: 879

Re: substrate, bottom of cage, advice please

In these difficult times I'm actually finding myself recommending VetUK's own brand cardboard bedding: https://www.vetuk.co.uk/rabbit-supplies-rabbit-bedding-c-649_652/vetuk-eco-bedding-3-2kg-p-20949 It's very similar to Green Mile, so not as soft as Finacard, but still made of cardboard and in rect...
by [cub]
Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Health
Topic: PT support
Replies: 11
Views: 1490

Re: PT support

If you suspect PT then honestly all treatment is going to be palliative anyway, so I wouldn't worry about long-term steroid use. Giving ABs alongside may not be a bad idea as steroids are immunosuppressant, but I'd talk to your vet about that. I'd also look at trying a dopamine agonist in case it's ...
by [cub]
Wed Jan 02, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Large mole on ear lobe?
Replies: 1
Views: 40

Re: Large mole on ear lobe?

I've never heard of earlobe lumps before but given that it's growing, I'd suggest getting a sample taken to see what it is.
by [cub]
Mon Dec 31, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Rat Rations which mix?
Replies: 2
Views: 63

Re: Rat Rations which mix?

Just as an additional note, don't give them green leafy veg every single day: a lot of them are high in oxalates which, whilst fine in moderation, aren't great in excess. As with most things, you can have too much of a good thing, moderation is important, and so is variety. (You can however give the...
by [cub]
Mon Dec 31, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Science selective food
Replies: 2
Views: 75

Re: Science selective food

Mine get Science Selective as a treat once a week as they really seem to enjoy it. I wouldn't want to feed it as their main food though; it's got a fairly short ingredient list, the protein content is a little bit high for older rats, and the calcium:phosphorus ratio is too low for my liking. (Plus ...
by [cub]
Mon Dec 31, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: Forum notices and help
Topic: Accounts removed following Christmas spam
Replies: 1
Views: 45

Re: Accounts removed following Christmas spam

Thanks for the cleanup! Hopefully no innocents were caught, but it was just getting ridiculous...
by [cub]
Fri Dec 21, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: PT, ear infection or stroke?
Replies: 3
Views: 117

Re: PT, ear infection or stroke?

Good luck at the vets, and extra scritches for the old girl. :hearts:
by [cub]
Wed Dec 19, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: PT, ear infection or stroke?
Replies: 3
Views: 117

Re: PT, ear infection or stroke?

I'm not an expert but it sounds like a brain tumour to me, sadly. Ear infections don't generally lead to difficulty using front paws, and I think if it was a stroke it wouldn't have gotten worse over the weekend like that? I'd be inclined to at least add steroids and see if they help, since they're ...

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