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Rat with a Nose Bleed

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I have a 7 or 8 month old lab rat named Lucky. Today I gave him his first bath, used Dawn and a Whitening Shampoo on him. Bathed him in the sink, in warm water. anyway, when i was drying him off, i noticed some blood on the wash cloth. So i look him over, and his nose was pinker then usual. so i dabbed his nose with my finger, and there was speck of blood on my finger. Do rats get nose bleeds? Is that okay?

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I doubt it was an actual nose bleed it was probably their stress release. I believe its called porphyrin.

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okay smile that makes me feel better

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MomtoSyd&Emma :

I doubt it was an actual nose bleed it was probably their stress release. I believe its called porphyrin.


I didn't realize there was a name for that - we've seen that almost every time we've washed a rat, but the rat always seems OK.

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post #5 of 13

You wash rats. hmm

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post #6 of 13

Why would you wash a rat?  My daughter's rat Henrietta live to be over three years old and never had a bath.  Her cage was cleaned regularly, and she had absolutely no odor.  Why would you bathe a rat?  It is highly stressful to them.

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post #7 of 13

I agree with others, why bathe a rat?
It stresses them out, and there is always the possibility that they'll ingest soap later when grooming themselves.

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post #8 of 13

I have washed bucks when their buck grease gets thick.  Males also like to pee where they sleep.
I have also bathed rats if i want to introduce them.  It removes their smell and there is no fighting.

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post #9 of 13

Bathing rats doesn't stress them anymore than bathing a dog.  Some even like playing in the water!  smile

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Originally Posted by aggieterpkatie 

Bathing rats doesn't stress them anymore than bathing a dog.  Some even like playing in the water!  smile


But if one isnt used to or ever had a bath, it can stress them out. I had 2 rats that LOVED water, 2 that would scream if you put a bowl of water and peas in their cage. I guess it depends on the individual.

Heck we had a basset hound that would try to kill you if you bathed her, and we have a Chihuahua that will get in the bathtub with you! lol

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