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    Forum Rules and a message from Jorats, the founder of this forum
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/please-read.29217/

    Recommended sites:

    www.ratguide.com (a vet approved medical site for rat owners),
    www.joinrats.com
    Real Rat Lovers Want To Know
    is a facebook group where rat owners can ask for medical advice. Some people have found this group to be helpful.

    If no one responds to important Questions / Sending Messages
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threa...t-questions-send-individuals-a-message.36331/

    Thinking of getting a rat? Things to consider
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/thinking-of-getting-a-rat-things-to-consider.32306/

    Quarantine
    http://ratguide.com/health/basics/quarantine.php
    … how I learned the hard way
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/quarantine-how-i-learned-the-hard-way.1948/page-3

    Breeding Rats
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/breeding-rats.4886/


    Introducing new rats
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/introducing-new-rats.34842/#post-491257
    www.joinrats.com
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/intros.315/

    Rats need to live with at least one other same sex rat
    Rats are social animals and must live with at least one other rat. Lone rats can become depressed, withdrawn, less friendly, frightened, stressed & ill, stop eating etc. Unfamiliar rats need to be gradually introduced.


    Rehoming Rats

     
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    Caring for Rats

    Bedding to use in the cage
    http://ratguide.com/care/environment/cage_bedding_litter.php
    http://ratguide.com/health/integumentary_skin/ringtail.php
    the use of pine and cedar http://www.ratfanclub.org/odynets.html and http://www.ratfanclub.org/litters.html

    Cage Size
    - a base of at least 30 inches by 198 inches but bigger is better, with height and large levels. Horizontal space is essential.
    - a cage needs to be at least 4 cubic feet in size (2 rats) with at least an additional 2 cubic feet for each additional rat more then 2 rats.
    - Here is a cage calculator that will calculate the maximum number of rats that can live in a cage
    http://www.rattycorner.com/odds/calc.shtml

    Cages:
    1. Homemade bin carrier and temporary bin cage
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/homemade-bin-carrier-and-temporary-bin-cage.35893/
    2. Fixed up rabbit cages

    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/fixed-up-rabbit-cages.23588/#post-355655

    3. Critter Nation cage pictures
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/critter-nation-pictures.29745/
    - Problems with the Critter Nation that have killed ratties - things to watch out for
    1. doors can fall off if accidently bumped from below, landing on and killing rats
    2. poor welding causing a side bar on the stand to fall and crush ratties, causing death
    3. baby getting trapped under a floor pan and killed
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/tragedy-in-the-critter-nation-tw-death.35533/#post-494931

    Cages: Show Your Cage - pictures of various cages over the years
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/show-your-cage.1637/
     
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    Pregnancy, Birth, Orphans, Babies

    Pregnant?
    http://ratguide.com/breeding/pregnancy/determining_pregnancy.php

    Labour and Birth http://ratguide.com/breeding/birth/labor_and_birth.php

    Labour Emergencies http://ratguide.com/breeding/birth/labor_emergencies.php

    Lactation and Milk http://ratguide.com/breeding/postpartum/lactation_and_milk.php

    Maternal Behaviours http://ratguide.com/breeding/postpartum/maternal_behaviors.php

    Birth Trauma http://ratguide.com/breeding/birth_abnormalities/birth_trauma.php

    Birth Abnormalities http://ratguide.com/breeding/birth_abnormalities/

    Orphans: Aspiration pneumonia and important care information for orphans, including Rescue Formula 2018
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/infant-rat-uri-clicking.35697/#post-496055

    Warning !! It has been reported that Changes have been made to the Esbilac formula and it is now being linked to metabolic bone disease MBD. Babies rodents are reported to have broken limbs for no reason other than MBD from Esbilac formula.
    Many sites linked on here list Esbilac as one of several suggested formulas. Do not use Esbilac anymore as the formula has been changed and is no longer safe. (The company disputes this.)
    Fox Valley squirrel formula has been recommended as the best formula for orphaned baby rats by some sources. Organic soy infant formula, KMR, and the above Rescue formula are other suggested formulas.

    AFRMA article on caring for orphans, 1998
    http://www.afrma.org/orphanrm.htm

    Rat & Mouse Gazette article on Caring for Orphaned Baby Rats or Mice, 1997
    http://www.rmca.org/Articles/orphans.htm

    Joinrats section on Raising Rat Orphans
    https://www.joinrats.com/RatHealth/OOPS/Orphans/
     
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    Medical Issues

    Clinical Signs/Symptoms Guide

    http://ratguide.com/health/basics/clinical_signs_symptoms_guide.php


    Rat Medical Cheat Sheet
    http://www.rmca.org/Articles/dchart.htm


    Back Legs/Hind End Weakness/Paralysis
    https://www.joinrats.com/RatHealth/HindEndWeakness/i-TBWwhTt

    - link contains three videos by a vet (slides 31, 32, & 33)
    - possible causes include: spinal damage, nerve degeneration, pinched nerves, kidney disease, often caused by a Pituitary Tumour

    Rat Biology (etc)

    http://ratbehavior.org/rats.html


    Breathing Issues (a few possible causes)

    * Mycoplasmosis http://ratguide.com/health/bacteria/mycoplasma_mycoplasmosis.php
    https://www.2ndchance.info/ratlover.htm?fbclid=IwAR2pdr9mD7GvsQmFRd9iu9zt_nKAP0wx0QHkpW13TVqSKRtQ8efhU69MRP8

    * Pneumonia http://ratguide.com/health/lower_respiratory/pneumonia.php


    * Cardiomyopathy http://ratguide.com/health/cardiovascular/cardiomyopathy.php


    * Congestive Heart failure http://ratguide.com/health/cardiovascular/congestive_heart_failure.php


    Bumble Foot
    http://ratguide.com/health/integumentary_skin/ulcerative_pododermatitis.php


    First Aid Supplies for Rats
    http://ratguide.com/health/basics/first_aid_supplies.php


    Health Check:

    Basic Health Check (weekly) http://ratguide.com/health/basics/basic_health_check.php


    Advanced Health Check http://ratguide.com/health/basics/advanced_health_check.php

     
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    Medical Issues

    Care of Hairless Rats
    http://ratguide.com/health/figures/congenital_hereditary_alopecia_figure_3.php

    Cataracts
    http://ratguide.com/health/eyes/cataracts.php

    Choking

    Choking .jpg
    Kidney Problems and prevention
    http://ratguide.com/health/urinary_renal/chronic_progressive_nephropathy.php

    Dehydrated Rats
    1. Oral Rehydration Formula
    - Quote from Lilspaz68: "Homemade rehydrating formula: 10 oz warm water, 1 tsp sugar, 1/3 tsp salt. Mix well, refrigerate extra, warm up to feed."
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/please-read-my-toby-keeps-losing-weight.7499/#post-110368
    2. Intravenous or subcutaneous (sub-Q) fluids
    - Your vet can do this. Your vet can also teach you how to do it and sell you the necessary supplies (25 or 27 gauge butterfly needles, single use large syringes with detachable single use needles, & a bag of fluid) http://ratguide.com/meds/fluid_therapy/

    3. How to give sub-Q fluids
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/subq-a-dehydrated-rat.5076/#post-76759

    Diarrhea
    …… the BRAT diet - Banana, (brown is best) Rice, Applesauce and Toast
    …… canned pureed pumpkin (Not canned pumpkin pie filling)
    …… probiotics but not within 2 hours of giving antibiotics

    Things to discuss before Surgery
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/things-to-discuss-before-surgery.7691/

    How to give medication
    - by syringe https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/video-of-how-i-syringe-meds-into-my-rats.19819/

    Megacolon / High White
    http://ratguide.com/health/digestive/megacolon.php

     
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    Medication

    * Rat & Mouse Gazette: Medication Usage Chart (July 2000)

    http://www.rmca.org/Articles/dchart.htm

    * Ratguide.com - if you search the name of a particular medication on ratguide.com you will get more detailed & up to date information on that particular medication as it relates to rats

    * Dosage calculator http://vprcloud.com/tools/dosage-calculator/


    Baytril / Enrofloxacin http://ratguide.com/meds/antimicrobial_agents/enrofloxacin_baytril.php


    Doxycycline http://ratguide.com/meds/antimicrobial_agents/doxycycline.php


    Doxy.jpg
    Pain Medication

    - Metacam - from a vet is the best choice http://ratguide.com/meds/nsaids/meloxicam.php


    - Ibuprofen (Infant Advil) http://ratguide.com/meds/nsaids/ibuprofen.php


    - Acetaminophen (Infant Tylenol) http://ratguide.com/meds/analgesics/acetaminophen.php


    - Both ADMINS Jorats and Lilspaz68 recommend infant Advil over infant Tylenol
    Revolution/ Stronghold/ Selamectin http://ratguide.com/meds/anti-infectives/selamectin_revolution.php
     
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    End of Life

    Euthanizing a pet rat-A Veterinarians advice on deciding if and when
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threa...narians-advice-on-deciding-if-and-when.35579/

    Message from a vet re being present when your pet is put to sleep
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threa...-present-when-your-pet-is-put-to-sleep.36096/

    B.C. vet urges owners to consider quality of life when pet is nearing death
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threa...lity-of-life-when-pet-is-nearing-death.37105/
    https://www.abbynews.com/news/b-c-v...PtnQcGeZO1iM8AEhBns9rgNZ0doqAzaPn6-WM86vwDr2g

     
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    End of Life

    The Rainbow Bridge
    Reunions at the Bridge
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/reunions-at-the-bridge-poem.7307/#post-296484


    Lend me a Rat
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/lend-me-a-rat.37046/

    Cute story written by a friend of "Lizzette Schley" :
    Why Rats Are Only With Us a Short While

    One day, some angels went to God and asked if
    they might spend some time on Earth, to learn and perhaps to teach. He answered
    that some of the people might be frightened of the angels, that His children's
    idea of beauty might not be His own. The angels replied that maybe those who
    could look past the differences deserved the blessings that they could give.
    But God was still concerned. The angels needed Heaven's air to breathe; they
    would suffocate down on Earth. The angels promised to hold their breath as long
    as possible, and would return when they could not hold it anymore. God agreed
    and sent down the angels.

    Many people were frightened of these
    creatures, despised them, and tried to kill them in large numbers. However, the
    few who recognized the angelic qualities in the beings took them in and
    sheltered and fed them. In return, they received more joy and laughter then
    they could possibly imagine. But alas, soon the angels could hold their breath
    no longer. After just a short Earth time, they left to go back to Heaven. But
    they were sure to tell the next group of angels exactly who to seek out when
    they went down.

    Debbie D. - She had a lasting influence, particularly in the USA. While she did have some good info, other information was wrong, outdated, or abusive. The standards she promoted for rat care are far below the accepted standards of care promoted on this forum and among experienced rat owners. https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/urgent-calling-all-rat-lovers.33713/
     
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    Rat Rescue:

    This is a Rat Rescue forum

    - where the adoption of rats from shelters, rat rescues and rats being rehomed is supported and encouraged. Many of the members of this forum are or have been involved in rat rescue. We do not support purchasing rats from stores or from breeders or the breeding of rats.

    - Breeding rats https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/breeding-rats.4886/

    - Rat Mills https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/rat-mills.1749/

    - Mill Seizure https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/warning-graphic-heartbreaking-content-mill-seizure.25190/

    Rescue Explained:
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/rescue-explained.36095/

    Rescuing Rats found Outdoors?
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/rescuing-rats-found-outdoors.35954/

    2008 Moncton Rat Train by the Rat Shack ...Never say Never...
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/2008-moncton-rat-train-never-say-never.22708/

    Rat Shack members purchase CN and supplies for SPCA rats 2012
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threa...purchase-cn-and-supplies-for-spca-rats.22466/

    Reviving the ratshack member's donated CN 2015
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/reviving-the-ratshack-members-donated-cn.33573/#post-482844

    Rescue Effort 2013
    https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/rescue-effort-feb-2013.25742/
     
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