degloved rats tail. advice
well im some what new to rat keeping, and had a bit of an accident tonight, and needed some advice. last week i purchased my first set of rats (betty and lucy) well needless to say, betty came down with a horrible eye infection a few days after having her, and the place we bought her from gaurantees them for 15 days. So she was sent to the vet on saturday morning free of charge. Well today we find out she needed surgery to remove the eye, and the store we bought her from just had her put to sleep without telling us....
so, they gave my husband a new rat today. well muffins (thats what we named her) comes home, my husband goes to take her out of her box to put her in the cage and she leaps off, and runs under my 55 gallon fish tank stand. Well we were both frantic, we feared the cats getting at her. We tried for 45 minutes to get her out. well, i finally get ahold of her, go to put her back in the box to put her in the cage, and she slips and out of instinct i tried grabbed her again as she fell, and got ahold of the tip of her tail... well she twisted all funny to get away, and an inche of her tail (the skin not the whole tail) came off! We finally got her in the cage, but her poor tail. Shes now in the cage hiding in her little box, but i dont know what to do. i feel like the worst rat mommy ever, its just not my day. first betty gets put down, and now this. i did some research, and it said to leave it be, and it will dry out and fall off... should i clean it in the meantime? put any neosporin on it? clean it daily? what should i expect? she didnt bleed much from it, but did a little bit in the cage.