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  1. Mother of Mischief

    Care for Pregnant and Sick Rat

    I got a young, pregnant rat from someone who didn't know she was female and put her in a cage with their male rats (woopsie). I have her in a birthing cage because, according to my that person's account, she should be reaching about day twenty. However, I've noticed that she a has started...
  2. Courtney Carter

    HELP!! Rat with suddenly declining health?

    I am incredibly concerned currently. I have been monitoring my rat fish for a few days, his behavior has changed a bit and I checked him out and eventually noticed his teeth seeming to be over grown. He’s not the biggest chewer but hasn’t struggled until recently. His behavior changed only a few...
  3. Venus_rat

    Rat Porphyrin

    My rat woke up with porphyrin all over her nose, mouth, her right eye and all over her hands. She looked like she got punched. Her lungs sound fine, but she's a little lethargic. She's been this way for two days. I don't know what to do. Is she sick or is this normal? Also, I don't actually...
  4. A

    Wobbly & Head Tilt

    So, a month and a half ago one of my does gave birth to an unexpected litter. Long story short, she looked like her brothers, and was placed in the wrong cage; the new rat, Murtagh, was the father. He passed away recently. Unfortunately, one of the babies, Onyx, has begun to show the same signs...
  5. Jon D

    PLEASE HELP

    One of my boys *about 5 months* is sick and I dont know what's happening to him! His sister died in the same way not long ago!! We woke up and he was just lethargic and drooling, he also looked like he was trying to regurgitate. We waited it out and then took him to a vet. They couldn't find out...
  6. Caitlin

    Respiratory problem not getting better :(

    Hello, one of my rats has had an ongoing respiratory problem that first flared up when he was around six months old and he is now 11 months. He’s been on and off doxy and baytril and the first time the doxy really helped him and he was back to normal within days. the baytril did absolutely...
  7. S

    5 week old with ear infection, antibiotics are not helping

    I recently adopted three sisters together. All of them are 4-5 weeks old (my best guess). Very small still. I didn't realize that one of them was sick until I brought her home. Day 1 she couldn't even sit up. She would just endlessly roll over and flop on her sides. I found out that my family...
  8. Kiraa

    Wobbling and bloody nose?

    My male Rat named Melkey has been sneezing blood occasionally ever since we got him. I got him from an abusive household in where he was dipped in cologne and thrown against a wall. We have had him for five months, and the past few weeks he has been wobbling. He eats his food sideways, drinks...
  9. Courtney Carter

    Wheezy Ratties

    Hello all! This is my first post here and I’m here with concerns. I just got two new baby boys! They’re so kind though a little hand shy, but we’re getting there with them. One of the boys is quiet and relax. No health problem in sight yet. While his brother is and has been rather wheezy...
  10. Angelrattie

    Irritated Eye Lids on Rat

    My girl has had irritated eyelids for about a week now and I don't know what to do. She hasn't shown any signs of illness besides the obvious redness around the eyelid. Her behavior seems normal to me. Although she has been grooming herself around her head/eyes a bit more than usual. I'm not...
  11. Georgia Leigh

    My ratty is sick:(

    Not sure what's up with her. She's falling all over the place and can't really easily get around, though she does have control of her front paws. She doesn't really want to eat or drink, or move much. Is this PT? Or something else? My parents are skeptical about taking her to the vets
  12. M

    Possible vaginal discharge/pee/poo

    when I went to take my rats out today for play time and cage cleaning I noticed one of my rats who is about a year old now had some dirty fur around her bottom (I’m a very new rat owner) it lookEd like it was her urethra area that almost looked like she might’ve just gotten pee stuck in the fur...
  13. R

    Advice for very ill rat

    Hi everyone. I have a very ill rat and would like some advice. It's a long story so here it goes: Maggie is a 10 month old female rat who had URI when we first got her. She was doing well up until about a month or so ago when the URI came back. She was gasping for air and lethargic so we took...
  14. M

    My husband's rat hasn't been doing well and I need advice

    My husband's rat Myro (a little over 2 years old) hasn't been doing well for a while. We've been suspecting a petuitary tumor because he has been having a harder and harder time holding his food slowly over time and he is also becoming more disoriented and he leans to the left and seems off...
  15. A

    What to do?

    A few weeks ago, a rat was surrendered to my local pet store. I took her home the day she was surrendered. She has lice so she's been on ivermectin (oral) for 2 weeks now and her last dose will be next Tuesday. I'm wondering what to do until then? I'm guessing she's been alone her entire life...
  16. H

    Is Rat Sick Or Just Lazy?

    Hi all! I'm new to the forum and I have two beautiful boys, Gus and Frankie who are both a little less than a year old. One of my rats, Gus, has slowed down recently and has begun acting quite lazy. Even at night, all he really wants to do is sleep. He sleeps all day and will still play but just...
  17. H

    Is My Rat Sick Or Just Lazy?

    Hi all! I'm new to the forum and I have two beautiful boys, Gus and Frankie, who are both a little less than a year old. One of my rats, Gus, has slowed down recently and has begun acting quite lazy. Even at night, all he really wants to do is sleep. He sleeps all day and will still play but...
  18. K

    My rat seems lethargic and is very skinny

    Hi, this is my first time on here, and about 9 or so days ago I noticed my girl rat -Sayuri- was hardly leaving her bed. She's nearly 3 and I got her from Petco, so I figured she was just getting old and therefore tired so I didn't immediately panic. I moved her water bottle down to the bottom...
  19. Rinrei

    Hurt/sick rat opinions

    My old rat appeared to have hurt himself while I was out of town. When I came home he was limping on one of his front paws. I thought that maybe he hurt one of his hands and decided to let it heal on its own and 3 days later his condition improved. But now it seems like it is declining. He is...
  20. P

    Advice! Possible stroke?

    Hey Rat Shack community. I’m a brand new member and I need some medical advice from a more experienced rat owner. My rat, Timothy, a 4-6 month old male, suddenly started displaying extremely distressing physical symptoms early this morning, which have only proceded to worsen within the last few...
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