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by daffee
Tue Feb 07, 2017 8:37 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Tumour
Replies: 1
Views: 4333

Re: Tumour

It sounds like a mammary tumour. These are very common in rats. Although they are usually benign, they can grow large, causing mobility issues and, if left, they can ulcerate. Fortunately they can usually be removed fairly easily by lumpectomy. :luck:
by daffee
Fri Feb 03, 2017 3:22 pm
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Aquarium?
Replies: 9
Views: 8372

Re: Aquarium?

Hi there. :) No, an aquarium would not make a good home for rats. It would be hard to clean, very hard to accessorize and because of lack of ventilation it would risk causing respiratory problems (rats are very prone to these) Fortunately there are lots of really good rat cages out there. Have a bro...
by daffee
Thu Jan 05, 2017 7:41 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Copy of X-ray?
Replies: 4
Views: 5483

Re: Copy of X-ray?

They have to lie very still to get a good image so would usually be given a whiff of gas first. We've never been given copies of the images (our vet tried to copy one for us once but couldn't get a good enough picture). They have happily let us take photos of the x-rays though so that will likely be...
by daffee
Sun Apr 10, 2016 9:51 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Problem with tail
Replies: 10
Views: 4471

Re: Problem with tail

It sounds like a degloved tail. It's a fairly common injury so nothing to panic about but it does sound sore. I would pop him to your vets so they can check it over. If the bone is poking out then they may need to snip the end off and stitch it closed. He won't miss the end of his tail afterwards.
by daffee
Fri Mar 18, 2016 8:47 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: mammary tumour operation prices.
Replies: 6
Views: 6529

Re: mammary tumour operation prices.

Sounds about right to me. We've had some much more expensive too.
by daffee
Fri Feb 26, 2016 9:20 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: How often and how do you offer your ratties food?
Replies: 13
Views: 5738

Re: How often and how do you offer your ratties food?

We've always fed once a day. Scatter feeding is better enrichment for them but can make it a bit harder to assess how much they have eaten each day. But as cyber ratty says, if you keep an eye on your rats' condition you should be able to tell if they are getting enough or too much :smile:
by daffee
Sat Feb 13, 2016 3:15 pm
Forum: Other care
Topic: Possibly Pregnant Young Rat, Help Please!
Replies: 14
Views: 10411

Re: Possibly Pregnant Young Rat, Help Please!

I can see nipples in the pictures so I'm afraid you've got yourself at least one pregnant girl. You will need to get them separated asap and into a more appropriate cage for a litter. There's some useful info here - Where did you get them from?...
by daffee
Thu Dec 03, 2015 6:25 pm
Forum: Other care
Topic: Should rats be shown the body of a dead cagemate?
Replies: 11
Views: 5097

Re: Should rats be shown the body of a dead cagemate?

We've always done it. Most rats seem to understand straight away their friend has gone and don't show much, if any, interest. But we've had a few that spent a long time with them afterwards and I do think it helps them to understand.
by daffee
Sun Oct 25, 2015 7:37 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Little black bugs all over my rat, help!
Replies: 6
Views: 2735

Re: Little black bugs all over my rat, help!

Normally I would say lice, but I have always understood them to be species specific, so I'm wondering if it could be fleas? For lice you can self-treat with ivermectin bought from a pet shop, but I'd probably pop them to the vets to get a proper diagnosis and ensure the right treatment.
by daffee
Sun Aug 30, 2015 6:40 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Lump on throat
Replies: 3
Views: 1748

Re: Lump on throat

It sounds like an abscess, especially as it came up so fast. The throat is a really common place for these. There's not a lot that can be done for them. You can give antibiotics but it is questionable whether they actually get to the infection. If it's particularly awkward then you can get them lanc...
by daffee
Fri Jul 03, 2015 10:04 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Lump removed and returns immediately
Replies: 4
Views: 2334

Re: Lump removed and returns immediately

I agree, it sounds like a seroma. They can be quite unsightly but as Beri says should drain away on their own over time, but it is worth letting your vet know about them.
by daffee
Fri Jul 03, 2015 7:12 pm
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Please Help - Urine Problem?
Replies: 2
Views: 1648

Re: Please Help - Urine Problem?

Bucks can be a bit stinky and, if yours are still nervous, they might be making a fair few 'fear poos' still which are super stinky :sick: Hammocks and other soft furnishings are especially prone to holding onto those unpleasant aromas. It sounds odd, but cleaning too much can actually make rats wee...
by daffee
Sat Jun 27, 2015 9:20 am
Forum: Other rat care
Topic: How i should best transport my rat.
Replies: 3
Views: 2179

Re: How i should best transport my rat.

Rats usually travel really well and tend to just sleep. A carrier, securely stowed out of then sun, with some comfy bedding (nothing that can slide about and squash them), some food to munch and fresh fruit/veg for moisture and offer water at each stop (and you might need to run your air-con if it's...
by daffee
Sun May 31, 2015 11:23 am
Forum: Habitat
Topic: Accomodations for a blind girl...
Replies: 6
Views: 2821

Re: Accomodations for a blind girl...

We had a girl who was blind from birth and she lived happily in a large cage. We made sure there were lots of shelves, levels, hammocks, branches etc so that bigger drops were broken up and she did fine. We avoided complete layout changes and usually kept food/water in the same place but did make so...
by daffee
Sun May 31, 2015 11:15 am
Forum: Behaviour
Topic: Young pet shop girl biting hard - help please
Replies: 3
Views: 1978

Re: Young pet shop girl biting hard - help please

You mention that she bit you during a cage clean; do you keep them in the cage during clean out or take them out/free range them? If the former then I'd definitely recommend not doing this as biting during cleaning is quite common - it must feel quite threatening to the rats. Is she only or more agg...

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