Something Very Wrong with Scribner - Help?

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Something Very Wrong with Scribner - Help?

Post by Lackis » Fri Jun 12, 2015 9:44 pm

Scribner is a male 6 month year old rat, neutered 2 weeks ago today, small post-op abscess on the left hand side. No other health issues previously, from a breeder I've used for years, I've had others of his line and they've all been perfectly healthy.

We got the boys out to have their free range time and about 20 minutes in Scribner started acting very strangely. He started crawling very slowly, pressed to the floor, sides sucked in to the max and stretching awkwardly and sort of writhing almost. Quickly became almost completely still, sides still sucked in hard, lying on the floor leaning to one side slightly. I carefully felt every inch of him and cannot detect any abnormalities, he didn't squeak or writhe or seem to have any other reaction to wherever I pressed. He had urinated, and shortly after he also defecated. He seemed to become slightly more mobile after this but only very slightly.

Cannot figure out what the hell is wrong! Don't know which part of him is hurt/hurting, he was completely fine when he came out, there were no fights and we didn't hear or notice him fall anywhere. Will check on him again in 15 minutes as it will have been an hour since putting him back in the cage to rest.

Any suggestions or advice desperately needed! I have no idea what is going on this is a complete new one to me.
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Re: Something Very Wrong with Scribner - Help?

Post by RedFraggle » Fri Jun 12, 2015 10:25 pm

Do you have any metacam or kids ibuprofen?
If you do I'd be inclined to give him pain relief.
Did his poo and wee look normal?
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Re: Something Very Wrong with Scribner - Help?

Post by Lackis » Fri Jun 12, 2015 11:29 pm

Yeah it all looked the same as usual. I just checked on him, it's been 2 hours since he suddenly became ill. He's pretty much immobile in the cage, clearly in a lot of pain. Flinches when you touch him no matter how gently and he feels like he's shivering (but not cold at all) and squeaks under his breath if you stroke him. We gave him a dose of a stronger painkiller we had for another of our rats and that's all we can really do for him tonight. He cant' have more pain stuff for another 4 hours. I have a horrible feeling he's in shock. If he's still alive in the morning we'll rush him straight to the vets. I just have no idea where this has come from. It's so frustrating! :cry: What did I do? What didn't I do? What the HELL did he do!?
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Re: Something Very Wrong with Scribner - Help?

Post by Nicky » Sat Jun 13, 2015 10:25 am

how is Scribner this morning?
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Re: Something Very Wrong with Scribner - Help?

Post by Lackis » Sat Jun 13, 2015 9:54 pm

I put off checking him for a while when I got up this morning, I really expected him to be dead. He was actually much brighter than last night, and hasn't looked that bad again since. As long as he continues on like this I'm happy to monitor him until Tuesday when I can take him to see the specialist vet. He's still moving quite slowly and looks quite tired in himself so I can still medicate as and when seems necessary. Still absolutely no clue what it is that's hurting him, don't want to poke him around too much!
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Re: Something Very Wrong with Scribner - Help?

Post by Jemma » Mon Jun 15, 2015 4:00 pm

Its possible that he had a fit or mini stroke, so well worth getting him checked out when you can. It could also be some sort of infection burst internally but I would have expected him to get worse and not better or you to see some evidence of it elsewhere. Theres not a lot of messing around done internally when they neuter so they chances of something catching or coming loose internall are pretty slim too. At his age I would have thought the fitting idea is the most likely but its very hard to work out and it doesn’t tend to cause pain as much as completely disorientate them.

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