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Re: Tail gone bad

Post by Wormtail » Sun Apr 07, 2013 7:49 pm

Maltey wrote:
SadakoStacey wrote: I do keep thinking that this is some kind of a wind up to antagonise people though.
Agree. There's never a 'normal' post.

Rats are prey animals so they hide pain and illness to show they are not weak and won't get preyed on. Just because you as a human think she's not in pain compared to your human standards doesn't mean she isn't.
Forgetting the pain, how do you propose you're going to keep a rat still when you're chopping its tail off? Suppose you miss and take off the healthy part of her tail where it most definitely will hurt. Never mind the pain, she will be extremely stressed. Under anaesthetic she won't feel any of that.
Never a normal post? What kind of tripe is that? Have you read all my 211 posts?

And for your information the the rat in question is very tame and will stay still for me. As for anesthetic, I very much doubt the vet would even give that for something so minor. I can take a picture if you'd like.
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Re: Tail gone bad

Post by Wormtail » Sun Apr 07, 2013 7:50 pm

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Helzie wrote:I can only add my concern to the others' - absolutely do NOT attempt amateur surgery on your pet. You will cause pain and distress and make the situation far worse. She really needs to see a qualified vet.
Chopping the tip of the tail off is hardly 'surgery'... :lol:
Are you a vet? Would you chop off your own finger?
Cutting off abit of skin is hardly the same as cutting off a finger, you are taking it to the extreme!
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Re: Tail gone bad

Post by Helzie » Sun Apr 07, 2013 7:51 pm

Wormtail wrote: And for your information the the rat in question is very tame and will stay still for me. As for anesthetic, I very much doubt the vet would even give that for something so minor. I can take a picture if you'd like.
I really think you should allow the vet to make that decision. Give them a call. And the tamest of rats won't stay still if someone is chopping part of their body off.
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Re: Tail gone bad

Post by Maltey » Sun Apr 07, 2013 7:51 pm

Even when you're cutting its tail off?
My girls are tame, but they wouldn't sit still and let me hack through their tail.
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Re: Tail gone bad

Post by Nicky » Sun Apr 07, 2013 7:52 pm

The tail is not just a bit of skin

your vet will be qualified to do this. You are not.

You could do more harm than good.

Please go to a vet - your rat deserves to have the proper treatment it needs
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Re: Tail gone bad

Post by Tori30 » Sun Apr 07, 2013 7:53 pm

They really, really would. But if you don't believe what long term rat owners are telling you, and take on board what they say, then I dont know why you post for advice in the first place. You must know that your original question is going to upset the people on here who genuinely care for their animals.
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Re: Tail gone bad

Post by Amzy » Sun Apr 07, 2013 7:54 pm

Wormtail wrote:
Maltey wrote:
SadakoStacey wrote: I do keep thinking that this is some kind of a wind up to antagonise people though.
Agree. There's never a 'normal' post.

Rats are prey animals so they hide pain and illness to show they are not weak and won't get preyed on. Just because you as a human think she's not in pain compared to your human standards doesn't mean she isn't.
Forgetting the pain, how do you propose you're going to keep a rat still when you're chopping its tail off? Suppose you miss and take off the healthy part of her tail where it most definitely will hurt. Never mind the pain, she will be extremely stressed. Under anaesthetic she won't feel any of that.
Never a normal post? What kind of tripe is that? Have you read all my 211 posts?

And for your information the the rat in question is very tame and will stay still for me. As for anesthetic, I very much doubt the vet would even give that for something so minor. I can take a picture if you'd like.
A photo would be good ;)

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Re: Tail gone bad

Post by flash-gordonette » Sun Apr 07, 2013 7:54 pm

Helzie wrote:I have a further suggestion- why don't you ring an emergency vet and ask them what they recommend? There's no charge for calling them.

Good advice! Please try this- it'll prove one way or another whether treating this yourself is a good idea.

Also, yes please to a photo
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Re: Tail gone bad

Post by saraian26 » Sun Apr 07, 2013 7:55 pm

I have read the whole thread and in all fairness I agree with the majority. Please take her to the vet - if you had/have a child you would take them to the doctors - same with pets - take him/her to the vets. You could do untold damage to the poor thing. If its cost of the vets then see if they can help you with payments?

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Re: Tail gone bad

Post by SueN » Sun Apr 07, 2013 7:56 pm

Tori30 wrote:They really, really would. But if you don't believe what long term rat owners are telling you, and take on board what they say, then I dont know why you post for advice in the first place. You must know that your original question is going to upset the people on here who genuinely care for their animals.
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Re: Tail gone bad

Post by Wormtail » Sun Apr 07, 2013 8:01 pm

flash-gordonette wrote: Good advice! Please try this- it'll prove one way or another whether treating this yourself is a good idea.

Also, yes please to a photo
Here's a pic:

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Re: Tail gone bad

Post by Amzy » Sun Apr 07, 2013 8:02 pm

Wormtail wrote:
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acapae_wolf wrote:Can you answer any of the other questions asked such as how it happened and if you have any pain meds at home?
Agreed- can you tell us how it happened and if you have any pain meds you can give her? She will be in pain. She also needs antibiotics.
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Re: Tail gone bad

Post by SueN » Sun Apr 07, 2013 8:03 pm

So can you please answer how it happened!
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Re: Tail gone bad

Post by Amzy » Sun Apr 07, 2013 8:04 pm

That doesn't look black enough to be completely dead IMO.
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Re: Tail gone bad

Post by SueN » Sun Apr 07, 2013 8:06 pm

Agreed.
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