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    Young rat not eating after anesthesia

    Hello, About 2 weeks ago I got my two baby boys, Frog and Toad, neutered. Toad is fine, but Frog developed an infection a week later. I nursed him over the long weekend, and he was getting better. But, 2 days ago I brought him back to the vet and she put him under again to properly clean out...
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    I have a sick rat:(

    One of my rats had a surgery on a tumor,and for some reason they gave us the wrong price.So we were not able to afford her metacam right away,but we called everywhere we could for 3 days after looking for some.She took some of her staples out but isn't bleeding or anything,its slightly open on...
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    One of my rats is lethargic, she is wobbly and will barely walk. She wouldn’t even take a treat but I did get her to eat some yogurt. Her eyes are squinty, there’s excess porphyrin on her nose, and she seems overall very weak and so not herself. I am worried she’s dying (she’s almost exactly two...
  4. Tpoisson

    Do Rats often recover from Strokes?

    My 2.5 / 3 year old male seems to have suffered a stroke the day before yesterday. I wasn't aware of it at the time, but looking back Im sure of the exact moment it occurred. Thursday afternoon we were cleaning the 3 multi-level cages for our 7 Rats. Suddenly, Ratscal freaks out and starts...
  5. 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...
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    I recently gave my rats spinach since they have spinach in their food blocks. Will they be okay?

    i have read many differing opinions online about spinach and how it effects rats, some say it’s good for them others say it’s poisonous. Will they be okay eating it in moderation or should i avoid it from now on?
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    Are rats prone to travel sickness?

    We took a car ride that was less then two hours with the ratties tightly secure inside of their cage where they had access to all their usual things. Since they are in their same cage will they get anxious over their new surroundings or will they adjust at ease ?
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    Can rats get sick from eating too much?

    I have read online that they have the ability to eat just when they’re hungry but for some reason my babies always seem to be hungry and i’m scared that giving them food such as Yogis will make them sick even if they are made for rats and other small animals.
  9. zJoker

    Trying to identify unusual behaviour

    Hello! Hope everyone is safe and is doing well :) Would like some advice and/or thoughts on some unusual behaviour that my rat has been displaying :( I've already booked a vet appointment for Monday but I'm hoping to see if anyone has any experience with this and offer advise for anything I...
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    Found rat laying on her side, could barely walk, stable now but no diagnosis

    Hi everyone. I took my rat to the vet last night after an incident but the vet did not have a clear idea of what had happened. Please read this, and if your rat has had similar symptoms and you have any other information that you think could help me or that I could pass along to my vet, please...
  11. ShawnD

    Hi, new here, need urgent help, please!

    Hi! I'm new here and reaching out for some urgent advice.❤️ My big boy, Bear (abt 1.5-2 yrs old, and he's a little overweight, fyi) is suffering upper respiratory infection /distress at the moment. Last week he suddenly became worse and I gave him Cefalexin for 2 days until I could see a vet...
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    My rat is pulsing and seems as if he cannot breathe?

    Hi, my oldest rat, Russell, is kind of pulsing? He sounds as though he cannot breathe well and his abdomen/sides and moving in and out similar the way way dogs do when they're about to throw up. I plan to take him to a vet in the morning, but I'm kind of scared because he was fine this morning...
  14. Pandora

    Eye bulging

    This photo does it no justice, but my new guy, since day one, has had a slightly bigger right eye than left. When I can pet him, his eyelid can close over the eye but i feel it's more buldged than left as well. Unfortunately I am really tight for money, i can take him to the vet but i cant...
  15. CaptainCavanaugh

    Upper Respiratory Illness?

    Howdy! So, about two weeks ago I got two young rats as a Christmas gift. When I got them, the store gave me a powder (i forget what its called) that I had to put in to their water for a week. This was to help flush out their systems, because all the rats were sick. One of the rats has gotten...
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    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...
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    Why is my Pet Rat attacking sick Rat?

    I have two pet rats. Daisy and Charmander. On November 26, 2018 Daisy gave birth to Charmander and they have been best friends ever since. Daisy is a year and 4 months old and Charmander is a 11 month old neutered Male. Recently Daisy was diagnosed by the Vet with an inner ear infection. She...
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    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...
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    Please help? Ear mites??

    EDIT: I also read that sometimes a rat diet high in protein can cause scabbing? Is there a chance that the scabbing is not from mites? I haven't been in contact with other rats. I don't have any other animals. I use fleece bedding and I clean religiously because I have severe asthma. Everything...
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    Rats dying suddenly??

    Hello last night my husband and I came home and found one of our babies(Uno) (Disturbing warning) eating the body of his brother (Nico.) After the initial shock and anger we realized (Nico) had died of something else and that the brother (Uno) eating him was a natural response to death and...