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Sick Rat! Help please!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Goat_Walker, Apr 12, 2009.

  1. Goat_Walker

    Goat_Walker I Am THE Crazy Duck Lady

    Jul 9, 2008
    I have a doe fancy rat, approx 2 years old.
    I remember researching about the diseases before I ever got them.

    I came into give my two girls treats and My oldest girl Scout was acting weird. She was cold when I picked her up, he eyes and nose are all mucusy and she has red liquid around both regions. I know ive read about the sickness but dont remember what it was!
    Please help if you know what im talking about, what can I do? I have separated my two girls, should I wipe the whole cage down and all the toys?
    What should I clean them with, so as to not mess with their senses?

    My parents wont go to the vet for an $8 rat. What antibiotics can I use?
  2. Chicky Tocks

    Chicky Tocks [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2666.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Ru

    Oct 20, 2008
    Benton, Arkansas
  3. chickensioux

    chickensioux Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2009
    Western North Carolina
    Not much knowledge out there on rat care. You can look on the web for antibiotics that are safe for rodents and see if feed stores carry anything that might work. I would want to be sure that it is safe for rodents first.
    Wash its face with warm water and keep it warm and dry. Seperate it from others and disinfect the cage with warm soapy water and rinse it well.
    I too will look for antibiotics to try and get back to you.
    Make sure it is eating and drinking. Offer it special treats to make sure it eats for you.
  4. chickensioux

    chickensioux Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2009
    Western North Carolina
    Try this link
    Ampicillin is safe for rats. See if the pet store near you carries any medications for rodents.
    Good luck with Scout.

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