Does this look like bumblefoot to you?

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Does this look like bumblefoot to you?

Post by Goshinki » Thu Feb 16, 2017 10:19 am

https://imgur.com/a/aLWyA

This is one of five females that are supposedly 5 weeks old by now. I got them a week ago. Before me they appeared to have lived one month in a sparse cage with wire-mesh flooring. Unsure as to the degree of cleanliness of their previous cage was.

If this is bumblefoot, or just as a precautionary measure, I will probably expose all of them to a 1/4" lukewarm epsom salt wade for 10 minutes twice a day. Looking for additional suggestions.

Thanks,
Kevin

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Re: Does this look like bumblefoot to you?

Post by cyber ratty » Thu Feb 16, 2017 12:02 pm

Hi (welcome to the forum :) ) - I'm not sure what you're meaning, that looks like a perfectly normal foot to me. Bumblefoot is an infected sore, usually on the heel of the foot.

There's an example picture here - http://www.ratfanclub.org/SKIN_files/image014.jpg

Incidentally, kittens should not be homed below 6 weeks of age, so you will need to give these little ones lots of tlc, good food and safe socialising - there is an article of how to feed them here. :luck:

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Re: Does this look like bumblefoot to you?

Post by Goshinki » Thu Feb 16, 2017 4:51 pm

cyber ratty wrote:Hi (welcome to the forum :) ) - I'm not sure what you're meaning, that looks like a perfectly normal foot to me. Bumblefoot is an infected sore, usually on the heel of the foot.

There's an example picture here - http://www.ratfanclub.org/SKIN_files/image014.jpg

Incidentally, kittens should not be homed below 6 weeks of age, so you will need to give these little ones lots of tlc, good food and safe socialising - there is an article of how to feed them here. :luck:
Oh. Just looked kind of red and swollen to me. If it's not bumblefoot I'm glad, but couldn't this sort of inflammation precede it?

Thank you for the link. I give them a lot of the food on that list, however they do not seem to want to eat their lab blocks, so I am trying another brand soon.

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Re: Does this look like bumblefoot to you?

Post by cyber ratty » Thu Feb 16, 2017 5:34 pm

Lab blocks are boring for rats, much better to give them a good quality mix. Have a look on http://www.ratrations.com for some options. I would recommend #11 with added insects, plus a sprinkling of daily rat 3 on a small fresh meal each day (egg/chicken/fish with some cooked carbs) with veggies.

There is no reason to suspect that even if her foot is red for some reason that it will get worse. Bumblefoot is the result of living in dirty conditions (contrary to the internet myth, wire floors don't directly cause it), so she will be fine in your care. :)

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