Rat with a Nose Bleed

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by RAWR, Jul 7, 2010.

  1. RAWR

    RAWR Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 26, 2009
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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?
     
  2. MomtoSyd&Emma

    MomtoSyd&Emma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 13, 2009
    Southern VA
    I doubt it was an actual nose bleed it was probably their stress release. I believe its called porphyrin.
     
  3. RAWR

    RAWR Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 26, 2009
    who wants to know?
    okay [​IMG] that makes me feel better
     
  4. thebritt

    thebritt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 5, 2009
    Humboldt County
    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.​
     
  5. bock

    bock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You wash rats. [​IMG]
     
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    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.
     
  7. OccamsTazer

    OccamsTazer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
  8. ladycrotalus

    ladycrotalus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
  9. aggieterpkatie

    aggieterpkatie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Bathing rats doesn't stress them anymore than bathing a dog. Some even like playing in the water! [​IMG]
     
  10. MomtoSyd&Emma

    MomtoSyd&Emma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 13, 2009
    Southern VA
    Quote: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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