When to take your rat to the vet

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When to take your rat to the vet

Post by Fancy Rats Admin » Tue Jul 12, 2011 3:08 pm

When to take your rat to the vet.

The following are emergencies requiring immediate veterinary assistance. Even if this is outside of normal surgery hours you should contact your vet's emergency service immediately and they will be able to advise you on the phone or meet you at the surgery.
  • unconsciousness
  • fitting
  • inability to coordinate, or spastic movements
  • head tilt or circling when walking
  • heavy bleeding from cuts or wounds
  • serious trauma such as broken limbs or tail, being crushed, etc.
  • burns
  • injury to the eyes
  • heavy blood in faeces or urine
  • heavy blood from the vagina
  • swallowing poisonous substances (plants, household cleaners, anti-freeze)
  • gasping for breath
  • fingers, toes, nails, gums, lips and ears pale or blue
  • sudden lethargy, coldness to the touch, inactivity, refusal to eat or drink
The following are non-urgent symptoms requiring prompt veterinary attention, ideally on the next normal consultation day. As rats are small animals they do go downhill very quickly, and a vet appointment within 24 hours of a problem appearing is usually wise.
  • sneezing, coughing, clicking, or rattling sounds in the chest
  • porphyrin stains round the nose or eyes
  • discharge from nose or eyes
  • hunched posture or fluffed up fur
  • slight blood in faeces or urine
  • slight blood or ongoing discharge from the vagina
  • weight loss, diarrhea or constipation
  • lack of appetite or interest in drinking water
  • unusual swelling or soreness in any part of the body
  • lumps
  • small cuts or wounds that do not heal cleanly, or become infected
  • hair loss, scabs, or persistent scratching
  • gradual impairment of limb movement
  • gradual onset of hind limb paralysis
  • lameness
  • breathlessness or weakness after exercise
  • sudden aggression (can be due to pain)
This summary is intended as a guideline only, and cannot be any kind of substitute for proper veterinary examination and diagnosis.

Author: Alison Mercer
Fancy Rats Team

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