Should I Dose Both Babies? (URI)

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wamydia

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Hi all.

I brought home two baby rats (approx 6 weeks) from the snake food bin on Saturday. Things seemed well, so I put the new babies into my existing group of 5 boys on Tuesday. Everything is good except that I’m pretty sure one of the babies now has a URI. I thought I heard him make a strange sound yesterday, but it wasn’t until tonight that I was able to hear him make a distinct gasping inhale. I was looking right at him and he looked like he was definitely gasping.

I have started him on Baytril and Doxy tonight, but I’m wondering if I should go ahead and dose the other baby as well even though he seems healthy? What about my 5 older boys (ages 3mo-1.5yr)?
 

Renee

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I wouldn't. In fact, your first rat probably just had the new cage sneezes. My new rat made the same noises accompanied by sneezes but they disappeared when she settled in.
 

Fidget

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I'm totally with Renee. Unless a new kid is obviously sick give it a few days til they settle in. Sounds like your one baby might really be sick, so ok. But Never start antibiotics on a kid unless you're sure they're Required! We need to guard against kids building up resistances to un-needed antibiotics, you want to be sure they'll help when they're truly needed..
In future - this is why quarantine is recommended before intro'ing new kids to existing kids.
 

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