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Birds_Will_Fly
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Quick deterioration

Post by Birds_Will_Fly » Sun Nov 03, 2013 5:09 pm

I have a 2 year old rat who was healthy until 2 weeks ago. He's lost weight very quickly and also become very lethargic, I have noticed he is having trouble using his back legs and movement in his back paws seems restricted. He's been on baytril for 2 weeks. Vet has found no obvious reason for illness? Vet has offered to do bloods which I have refused at the moment given his age. He's currently on a low protein diet which is supplemented with ipakitine. Any ideas what the problem could be other than 'old age' ?
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Re: Quick deterioration

Post by Caza66 » Sun Nov 03, 2013 10:02 pm

Sorry to hear about your poorly ratty. It's awful when these things happen, especially when you don't know what it is. I'm not too sure what is wrong but I think the weak back legs sounds like hld. Not sure whether hld causes lethargy.

Hopefully bumping this up for you so somebody with more experience can help.
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Re: Quick deterioration

Post by NellyNoodle » Sun Nov 03, 2013 10:57 pm

I would say kidney issues, given his age and the symptoms, but not sure what more you can do? Could be a brain tumour, might be worth trying steroids just to see if they make a difference?

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Re: Quick deterioration

Post by Trish 1981 » Sun Nov 03, 2013 10:58 pm

He may have kidney problems or maybe a UTI. Has the vet tested his urine?

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Re: Quick deterioration

Post by acapae_wolf » Mon Nov 04, 2013 12:48 am

Trish 1981 wrote:He may have kidney problems or maybe a UTI. Has the vet tested his urine?
I agree with this. I've seen a very quick deterioration in rats which had HLD symptoms and upon testing it's been discovered they have a UTI. Once the UTIs been treated, although they still have slight HLD symptoms if old, it's at a normal progression level. So in future I'm going to test urine a lot more on first HLD-like symptoms. It may not always be, but it's something that recently made me stop and think.
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Re: Quick deterioration

Post by Birds_Will_Fly » Mon Nov 04, 2013 6:30 am

Yes urine was dipped and showed nothing. He's currently on baytril and metronidazole. No excess drinking and he's still eating fine.

I've noticed he's very unbalanced could it possibly be a stroke? No sign of any head tilt.

What steroids would you advise?
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Re: Quick deterioration

Post by Caza66 » Mon Nov 04, 2013 7:51 am

acapae_wolf wrote:
Trish 1981 wrote:He may have kidney problems or maybe a UTI. Has the vet tested his urine?
I agree with this. I've seen a very quick deterioration in rats which had HLD symptoms and upon testing it's been discovered they have a UTI. Once the UTIs been treated, although they still have slight HLD symptoms if old, it's at a normal progression level. So in future I'm going to test urine a lot more on first HLD-like symptoms. It may not always be, but it's something that recently made me stop and think.
That's interesting to know. That's what's great about this forum, a great wealth of knowledge.

OP hope your ratty soon improves.
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