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by Helzie
Wed Dec 07, 2016 6:24 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: New owners need help....
Replies: 17
Views: 1554

Re: New owners need help....

yeah, you've kind of got to admire the bravery of the plucky little madam who coolly stood up to these hoomanbeasts invading her cage! :love:
by Helzie
Wed Dec 07, 2016 2:20 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Girls chewing out of everything!! What cage to get?
Replies: 4
Views: 913

Re: Girls chewing out of everything!! What cage to get?

Oh no! :shock: don't worry about their health - they won't be swallowing what they chew as rats' mouths can close off behind their front teeth to prevent them eating what they gnaw. But the escapology must stop! the critter cage is all metal, but is a horrible cage - and pretty small but ok for 2 gi...
by Helzie
Tue Dec 06, 2016 4:46 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: New owners need help....
Replies: 17
Views: 1554

Re: New owners need help....

it's tricky to interpret biting behaviour unless you have some experience -what Squeakrat and I saw wasn't exploratory mouthing or grooming, but it wasn't lashing out suddenly in fear or viciousness either. It was assertive - grabbing a finger and slowly applying pressure, quite deliberately testing...
by Helzie
Tue Dec 06, 2016 10:16 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: New owners need help....
Replies: 17
Views: 1554

Re: New owners need help....

They were sweet girls really, just need a bit of socialising and they will come round and become real cuddlemonsters, I think! I eventually got a very small boggle out of the stroppiest one, who had been screaming the place down and nipping earlier. Little madam....! :hearts: I think she will soon r...
by Helzie
Fri Nov 11, 2016 10:16 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Bucks fighting - causing scratches/scabs
Replies: 7
Views: 875

Re: Bucks fighting - causing scratches/scabs

rhubarb04 wrote:Thanks again Helzie - if you hadn't raised the possibility of mites I probably would have ended up unnecessarily neutering one of them, :roll:
thank goodness it didn't come to that! Hope it sorts the problem and Murphy is a happy chappy again! :D
by Helzie
Mon Nov 07, 2016 5:49 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Bucks fighting - causing scratches/scabs
Replies: 7
Views: 875

Re: Bucks fighting - causing scratches/scabs

I'd probably just treat Murphy- sounds like the others' immune systems are in good enough shape to fend off any mites. but it wouldn't do any harm if you wanted to treat the others too, I guess. hope it sorts him out and he's more comfortable!
by Helzie
Mon Nov 07, 2016 3:41 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: New owners need help....
Replies: 17
Views: 1554

Re: New owners need help....

:lol: was going to suggest getting one of us locals round to demonstrate baby rat cuddling I mean handling! I'm also in Newcastle if you need a hand. There's an NERS rat show in Newcastle next month if you want to come a long and meet people and their rats to get some tips and experience with handli...
by Helzie
Mon Nov 07, 2016 3:34 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Bucks fighting - causing scratches/scabs
Replies: 7
Views: 875

Re: Bucks fighting - causing scratches/scabs

I wouldn't rule out the nails theory... my first hunch would be that this is mites, and the damage is Murphy's own nails as he scratches the itch. Shoulders, neck and chin are the classic place for scratches caused by mites to appear. It's quite possible that he has them and the others either don't ...
by Helzie
Tue Sep 27, 2016 3:59 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Pepper has Pneumonia
Replies: 17
Views: 1122

Re: Pepper has Pneumonia

really, really glad to hear this. Sounds like some very devoted nursing care!
by Helzie
Fri Sep 23, 2016 4:14 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Alternatives to Co-amox
Replies: 8
Views: 801

Re: Alternatives to Co-amox

Don't be asking me about rats who won't eat synulox. :evil: :roll: Hope your lady finds something she considers palatable and gets well soon!
by Helzie
Fri Sep 23, 2016 4:11 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Pepper has Pneumonia
Replies: 17
Views: 1122

Re: Pepper has Pneumonia

the only banana flavour one I'd had before is Septrin (they hated it - there is also an aniseed one which they also hated. Fussy beasts.) I am really, really sorry about this. Pneumonia is awful. I've sat up all night with rats in this condition, listening to each breath and it breaks my heart to se...
by Helzie
Fri Sep 02, 2016 9:48 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Sudden fright, now wheezing
Replies: 3
Views: 625

Re: Sudden fright, now wheezing

really sorry to hear about this - it sounds very distressing for you both I wonder if it's the other way round - the behaviour caused by the wheeze. When rats are in respiratory difficulty, they tend to panic and bolt wildly in every direction, often trying to climb upwards where they might be able ...
by Helzie
Fri Sep 02, 2016 9:44 am
Forum: Recommended vets
Topic: Recommended vets in the North of England
Replies: 9
Views: 3445

Re: Recommended vets in the North of England

Newcastle a warning - I used emergency care from Blythman and Partners in Newcastle as it was nearer than my vet's emergency service. I had an appalling experience which really put me off and I felt others should know about. Despite having been reassured by reception both before and after my appoin...
by Helzie
Fri Sep 02, 2016 9:35 am
Forum: Recommended vets
Topic: Recommended vets in the East of England
Replies: 6
Views: 3225

Re: Recommended vets in the East of England

Cambridge Vet Group, 89a Cherry Hinton Road
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB1 7BS

http://cambridgevetgroup.co.uk/

I mostly saw Jill Pearson as she is their exotics specialist, teaches at Cambridge university, and is a very lovely person, but other vets I've seen there have also been very good.
by Helzie
Fri Sep 02, 2016 9:35 am
Forum: Recommended vets
Topic: Recommended vets in the North of England
Replies: 9
Views: 3445

Re: Recommended vets in the North of England

Since I moved to Newcastle, I have been going to Judith at FirstVets, Forest Hall, who is also brilliant.

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