another question for seasoned rat owners
I have a male rat who will be 2 years old in January. I was told to expect his health to decline around this time in his life, but he seems to be as chipper as ever. The one troubling thing these days is his skin condition. He has always been prone to "hot spots" so I try to keep him from eating too much protein in his diet. He used to have about 2 to 5 "spots" that he would scratch a lot. Now he is covered in little red soars. He scratches all the time and doesn't appreciate my petting him like he used to. I don't know if he is in pain, but he sure seems uncomfortable. He also seems to be balding and I don't know if this is from age or the spots. Is there anything I can give him or take out of his diet to help this? Is it possibly stress? he does have four younger brothers. Maybe I should separate him from the other guys? Are there any skin treatments out there that may help relieve the itchiness for him? PLease let me know if your ratties have ever experienced this and what you did to help.
Thank you so much