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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-21-2012, 07:41 PM Thread Starter
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rattie bowel question

My male hairless rat has just passed a small white discharge or mucus bowel movement. I've had a quick look on the site and have seen a bit of info about megacolon?

he has never passed stool like this before as far as i am aware, he is 9/10 months old now and i thought that megacolon would develop from a young age.

he has had diarrhea before but i assumed it was because of me giving him treats in too high a quantity such as peas or yoghurt. i have since reduced the amount of food he gets and have not experienced any diarrhea recently.

is this white mucus/discharge a definite sign of megacolon, what other causes could there be. should i be worried and rushing to the vet?

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What kinds of food does he get on a consistent basis in his diet? I don't have any experience with odd bowel movements, but I would recommend taking him to the vet just to be sure, especially if he is showing symptoms of pain or discomfort.

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his main food is rat lab blocks from pets at home, he also regularly gets fed peas, breads, tomatoes, with other rat treats in between. this has been consistent since i owned him and i haven't changed anything of late
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I wouldn't worry too much if its just one bowel movement or even a couple...as long as things return to normal. As Breyers said, watch for bloating, signs of discomfort, and diarrhea.

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