Wobbling and bloody nose?

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    Kiraa

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    My male Rat named Melkey has been sneezing blood occasionally ever since we got him. I got him from an abusive household in where he was dipped in cologne and thrown against a wall. We have had him for five months, and the past few weeks he has been wobbling. He eats his food sideways, drinks, and grooms, but I’m worried he may be dying. Any thoughts?
     
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    can you post a video? post it to youtube and put the link on here

    are you sure it is blood and not porphyrin? http://ratguide.com/health/eyes/porphyrin_secretions_red_tears.php

    Is he dehydrated? - dehydration kills (make sure he is getting lots of fluid - you can feed foods containing a lot of water such as watermelon, organic soy infant formula thickened with baby cereal, his rat blocks soaked in cool water to make mush, mixed greens, baby kale, peas, cooked sweet potato, cooked squash etc) - make sure he has a water dish that can not be upset, in addition to at least one water bottle. http://ratguide.com/reference/ratmedhelp.pdf#search=dehydration

    Is it possible that he is weak because he is not getting enough food?
    Rat blocks soaked in cool water to make mush are easier to eat
    and organic soy infant formula thickened with baby cereal cis easier to eat as well, and can also be licked off your finger or be given by syringe (no needle) one drop at a time into the side of the mouth (so it does not go down into his lungs)

    Have you checked his teeth to make sure the front teeth are properly aligned?
    http://ratguide.com/health/digestive/malocclusion.php

    Is eating his food sideways something new?
    What does it look like? video?
    Does he have a head tilt? If so, how long has he had it?

    What is his breathing like? laboured? requiring effort
    Hold him up to your ear ad listen to both sides of his chest

    If you think he is ill then he needs to see a good vet with the knowledge and experience to treat rats asap.

    btw another place to post a medical concern is the facebook group Real Rat Lovers Want To Know
     
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    The "blood" is likely porphyrin (a natural red discharge, but too much or persistent evidence of porphyrin could indicate illness, stress or eye injury. Does your rat have a head tilt? That is most likely inner ear infection, if he's using only one side of his mouth to chew it could be mouth/teeth issues, or possibly a stroke. A video would help us best.
     
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    Thank you for the knowledge! Me and my mom will take him in this Monday to get him into antibiotics. A friend of mine with experience said that he most likely had a sinus infection( effecting his ears and such) and respiratory issues. An illness or disease. Hopefully it is not too late, and he can be fixed right up! I will give him more consintrated liquid foods, and make sure he is clean in his cage. Thanks!
     
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    How is he doing?
     

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