Normal poo switching back and fourth between diarrhea

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  1. Nov 26, 2018 #21

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    Oxbow is a good food :) If you could avoid the same breeder I would try, but I understand that it’s important for rats to have a buddy. There’s just higher health risk if they are bred carelessly for snake food, especially if you are unsure of the health of your little one now. Maybe you’d consider adopting a rat of the same age? I guess if you absolutely had to pick another from the same person avoid those markings. Just things to consider.
     
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    make sure you bring home a same-sex friend :) Little boys can retract their testicles occasionally especially if its cold where they are.
     
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    Please immediately do as lilspaz68 suggested:
    1. Stop the doxy - it may be causing this so stopping may solve the issue and we can all be relieved that the doxy was the problem
    2. give probiotics,
    3. start the Brat diet - remember that bananas need to be ripe

    I hope that she is soon feeling much better

    Buy a digital postal scale that weighs accurately to 1 gram and has a tare function
    Stationary stores, grocery stores and stores such as Walmart often carry them.
    That way you can keep track of her weight and will be able to know what she weighs if she needs medication in the future. You will put a container on the scale, press the tare function, put her into the container and weigh herb in grams.
     
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    Babies from a high white litter can have megacolon even if they do not have high white markings
     
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    Oh wow! So then definitely don’t go back to the same breeder. It’s too risky.
     
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    However, not all high whites develop either early or late onset megacolon ….. and unfortunately they are breed in NA because they are "cute"
     
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    That’s terrible that they would continue to breed those genes. I guess if you adopt a much older rat that has that colouring than they are in the clear? Poor ratties.
     
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    Just got off the phone with the second vet i consulted, I am going to stop the antibiotic per her direction, She said that it maybe that she is so young that she might not be getting enough protien in her diet and that might be the issue for the diarrhea. I am going to pick up some Oxbow this week when i get my money from my sister for the month. I am going to take and keep using small amount of pumpkin and ween her off it slowly so that i can see if it was just covering up the major issue. If it keeps reoccurring i will be making an appointment to take her over next week to see the second vet. The other one probably just treated her hoping it would help, the vet thought instead of addressing the full issue as they don't treat rats mainly at that hospital. She recommends high protien foods in the mean time, but i dont know what i can give her until i get the Oxbow.
     
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    I think the oxbow will really help if the food was the problem. I think soy products have protein maybe something like that? Good luck with everything! Hope someone has a good suggestion for you :)
     
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    Rats need low protein ….
    I would suggest you feed organic soy infant formula thickened with baby cereal.
    The organic soy infant formula is what is recommended for orphaned rats as it provides needed nutrition.
    I also feed it to rats that require soft foods due to illness or handicaps (usually age related)
    If your local grocery store does not have any organic soy infant formula in the baby section, it can be ordered online from Walmart ……
    some people suggest ensure for ill rats

    the BRAT diet as suggested by Lilspaz68 would also be a good idea ….
    and a small amount of probiotics (no dairy) for a few days as suggested by Lilspaz68 might be a good idea because the antibiotics would have killed a lot of her stomach bacteria

    Glad you will be getting oxbow blocks as they are one of the two recommended blocks for rats.
    You can feed the adult essentials, as you do not need to feed the one for young rats
     
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    With megacolon thee is a distinct lower incidence of babies that have high white (with megacolon) siblings bit dont have the flashy white markings (collars, odd-eyes, blazes, big headspots etc). If you pick a friend who has less markings or is a Berkshire (solid colour with white belly and paws), hooded or self (no white) you should be ok.
     
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    One of my new adoptions was like that, took him in, vet ran a fecal, it was positive for pinworms, treated the worms with fenbendazole, no more diarrhea.
     
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    so good news is I took her to vet and everything has calmed down the breeder ended up losing 2 due to whatever the illness they had he wasn't specific about it from her litter. He didn't have s vet check them as they were descend to be feeders. My bed said she is looking good and doesn't look like anything is wrong but might become a Megacolon later in life so not to be to shocked if it happens. as of now shes popping normal and being a good little buddy.
     
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