Rat tail injury :(

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ratratratarata

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Hi! My pet rat seems to have cut her tail while I was at school. I called the vet and sent them some pictures but they have not replied yet. I was wondering if anybody had some advice for me. I put hydrogen peroxide on it and dabbed it. She seemed uncomfortable but it might have been because it was cold. I also put Neosporin on it.
 

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Kye

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That's exposed bone, she needs antibiotics and possibly surgery to amputate it if it dies at that spot, for now you should keep it clean with saline rinses/washes(salt and warm water ONLY) and do not use anymore of the ointment or peroxide(peroxide without vet confirmation). Rats are notorious cleaners especially of wounds and you do not want them ingesting that. Keep the washes daily, preferably two or three times a day to keep the area as bacteria free as possible until the vets get back to you.
 

Rat_Friends

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Don't put hydrogen peroxide or alcohol on it. It'll just burn 😬 Ointment will not help for a deep wound with exposed bone.

Follow up with the vet today and make sure to tell the vet that the bone is exposed. The only thing that can be done for exposed tail bone is to amputate the tail.
 

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