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 Post subject: 2 month old boy rat has some dry poo caked to his testicles
 Post Posted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 2:04 am 
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So I am almost 100% positive my little 2 month old has a respiratory infection, he is going to the vet tomorrow.
But I noticed he's cleaning right up his bum aggressively, I thought he was cleaning his tail at first but then I saw him do it while I was sitting with him... his testes are caked with dry poop. It looks like he has gnawed that area quite a bit with teeth.
Is he uncomfortable, how should I clean him? My older boy, 4 months, is completely clean around there.


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 Post subject: Re: 2 month old boy rat has some dry poo caked to his testic
 Post Posted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 8:39 am 
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He's a little too young for the respiratory sounds to be caused by the usual myco, and given that your other rat is well, it's more likely that the little one has parasitic bronchitis, caused by bladder worms migrating to the lungs - a treatment of ivermectin should sort him out.

However, it sounds like he also has diarrhoea, which can be quite serious. That may be caused by parasites too, or a gut infection. It would be best to get him seen by a knowledgeable vet asap.

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