Rat tail is not working

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Rat tail is not working

Post by Huxley 1 » Mon Feb 25, 2019 10:52 pm

My 14 month old female rat’s tail isn’t working; it’s floppy. She cannot jump as a result and her balance is compromised; other than that she seems healthy. It has been like this for about two weeks. She has been on Loxicom for a week but there has not been any improvement. The vet said that the next step is to anaesthetise her so that she can be X-rayed. Does anyone have any experienced of this ailment? What are the risks of anaesthetising a rat and is it worth it?
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Re: Rat tail is not working

Post by [cub] » Tue Feb 26, 2019 11:02 am

They only need a brief amount of anaesthetic for an x-ray so it's pretty low risk, assuming it's isofluorane (or sevofluorane if the vets are seriously swanky). The bigger risks come with surgery where they're both under for a much longer time and also have a surgical wound which can get infected or have other complications, and even then I don't hesitate to go ahead with surgery when indicated provided the veterinary team is experienced with rodent ops. So I wouldn't worry about that.

If there's some kind of spinal or nerve injury I would anticipate steroids being used to treat it, although it might not work.
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Re: Rat tail is not working

Post by Huxley 1 » Tue Feb 26, 2019 10:15 pm

Thanks cub for your reply.

I have been told the X-ray will cost about £150. How does that compare to others experience?

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Post by [cub] » Wed Feb 27, 2019 9:47 am

I pay about £110 for radiography, though I go to a practice near central London so it's already one of the more expensive ones. Actual exotics specialists charge a lot more though, and also London's not the only expensive area of the country. So I'd say that's probably not taking the piss.
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Re: Rat tail is not working

Post by Huxley 1 » Sun Mar 03, 2019 11:26 pm

Update: vet amputated Hattie’s tail on Friday. Either she or Honey removed dressing so took Hattie back to vet on Saturday to get it replaced. The vet charged me £22 for this. Is it common to be charged again? I would have thought it was up to the vet to ensure that the dressing was applied so that it could not be removed in the first place and would not charge if it was. I paid £277 for X-rays, anaesthetics & amputation the day before plus £57 previously for the initial appointment.
Anyway, I have separated Hattie and Honey by dividing their cage in half as Honey was tugging at Hattie’s dressing; although they have free time together. Most importantly since the operation Hattie’s mobility has improved.

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Post by [cub] » Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:12 pm

Huxley 1 wrote:
Sun Mar 03, 2019 11:26 pm
Update: vet amputated Hattie’s tail on Friday. Either she or Honey removed dressing so took Hattie back to vet on Saturday to get it replaced. The vet charged me £22 for this. Is it common to be charged again? I would have thought it was up to the vet to ensure that the dressing was applied so that it could not be removed in the first place and would not charge if it was. I paid £277 for X-rays, anaesthetics & amputation the day before plus £57 previously for the initial appointment.
Anyway, I have separated Hattie and Honey by dividing their cage in half as Honey was tugging at Hattie’s dressing; although they have free time together. Most importantly since the operation Hattie’s mobility has improved.
I've only ever had straightforward post-op checks so I don't know if being charged for follow-up treatment is normal; I would certainly expect to be charged for anything more serious (e.g. re-stitching a re-opened op site). Your vets seem to be rather pricey though; I pay £43 for a consult and that's already at the expensive end of normal.

It's a bit unusual to put a dressing on an op site though, because rats are so good at taking them off. :lol: A sufficiently determined rat can remove stitches and even staples; nothing short of a magical dressing is going to be guaranteed to stay on. Usually it's the post-op rat who's the biggest danger to their op site; you can wrap cohesive bandage around their upper torso to stop them being able to bend over and picking at their wounds. They absolutely hate it but sometimes you just need to do that for the first 24-48h so they can start healing up properly. If it's their companion rat though, then there's not a lot you can do other than separate them as you have done.

Glad the patient in question seems to be doing better though. :luck:
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Re: Rat tail is not working

Post by Huxley 1 » Tue Mar 05, 2019 12:58 am

I use an exotic vet in Brighton who charges £50 for a consultation and the meds were £7. I used to use a general vet who was about £25 but changed as Honey and particularly Hattie were getting a lot of chest infections.
I have put both girls back together as they looked so lonely without each other and Hattie’s wound seems to be healing although the dressing came off again yesterday. I called the vet about the dressing and decided to wait until the follow-up appointment tomorrow.

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