Advice please - ETA old age, grieving, or other?

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Advice please - ETA old age, grieving, or other?

Post by KateR » Sun Dec 22, 2013 7:55 pm

I just wanted to pick your brains on Nonna. She's a rescue so we aren't sure on age - she was thought to be 6 months-ish when we got her so that would make her 15 months now but she could easily be a lot older. We lost her sister suddenly last weekend - just found her dead and she'd not been unwell at all. They were from a massive rescue of mixed sex groups kept in filth with no food and little water. When we got her she had an internal mass that turned out to be a mummified foetus so it was removed and she was spayed. She then developed a horrific wound infection and we thought we'd lose her but she pulled through with 3 different antibiotics and iodine flushes.

Anyway the last day or 2 she's been quiet and slightly fluffy. She's had some porph and her hands are grubby - but not the inner wrist porphiness/grubbiness they get with PTs. She can hold things fine. Her breathing is normal and her chest is clear. She's eating fine.

Could this be simply age or missing her sister or something else?


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Re: Advice please

Post by neotoma » Mon Dec 23, 2013 8:10 am

Hmmm. Hard to suggest diagnosis, but I think if she's off, and there is a dodgy health history, it's worth getting her checked by a vet.

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Post by KateR » Mon Dec 23, 2013 8:40 pm

Yeah we are here now, appointment was nearly an hour ago. Just hoped someone might have suggestions.

She has eaten some pasta but her breathing is now rapid.
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Re: Advice please

Post by KateR » Tue Dec 24, 2013 7:17 am

Well by the time we got in from work her breathing was respy. We still went to have her checked. Were seen 80 minutes after our appointment time by a new vet who was a bit rubbish. After asking us what we fed them, what we use in the cages and if they could have lepto he swabbed her nose - just to look at - and then examined her and said baytril and bisolvon. Should have cancelled really once we knew what was wrong as it was an expensive waste of time. Hey ho. On the plus side his name is pronounced 'magic'.

Her breathing seems less rapid this morning.
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Re: Advice please

Post by neotoma » Tue Dec 24, 2013 9:44 am

Does sound a bit rubbish. Do you have other ABs at home? I'm not a fan of over-use, but if a rat is actually ill with resp issues, rather than just noisy, I like to have a combo on stand by in case baytril alone won't cut it.

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Re: Advice please

Post by KateR » Sat Dec 28, 2013 9:33 pm

Our medicine box would rival that of a vet surgery's pharmacy ;)

So Nonna came up the road with us, but had perked up loads within 24 hours of starting baytril. On Christmas Day we noticed her teeth were misaligned so managed to cut them with my mum's dog nail clippers, which was interesting. She's doing really well thankfully. I wonder if she had a fall or bump that caused the tooth issue and she maybe hurt her chest too, causing shallow breathing and therefore leading to an infection.
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