Hello everyone, I had a pretty hard time last night, and it's left me feeling very tired this morning.
Arthur has had breathing problems from around 6 months old, and we took him o the vet who gave him injections and gave us the strongest baytril solution she could give us, but none of it seemed to work, so she said that Arthur was probably going to have the breathing problems for the rest of his life, and she also mentioned it could be the thing that destroys him.
Anyway, last night we had quite a bad experience with Arthur, and I need to know whats best for him, and if it's going to happen again.
I went to bed at about 10:15, and I went on my DS to play a few brain teasers before I go to sleep. It must have been about ten mins later when I realised something was wrong, because I could here small squeeks coming from one of the cages, and Arthurs breathing sounded very laboured. I got out of bed, and ran my fingers accross his cage bars, he usually runs up to see whos there if you do that, but this time he just lay there. So, I opened his cage door, and climbed straight into my hands (which is unusual because he doesn't let me get him out of his cage, he has to come out on his own or he'll run back in) and I cradled him in my arms not sure what was going on. I turned on my light so I could see, and when I put Arthur on the bed I instantly new something was up because he lay completly flat on the bed, gagging for air
. Luckily, my Mum was still up, so I ran down stairs with him, and my heart aching, managed to squeeze the words "Arthur can't breath" out. Mum just took him from me and was cuddling him and kissing him and hugged me. That was all she could do and I tell you it hurt more than ever the fact that all we could do was comfort him and there wasn't anything we could do to help
. The way he was gagging, was like, opening and closing his mouth trying to gasp in quick breaths of air and making a noise while doing it (though he does always make a noise when breathing) this went on for about 30min-1hour before he started to calm down and breath easy. After it stopped and his breathing was back to normal (which is never silent, but I knew it was hom normally) he dribbled a bit and was very tired and very thirsty. I let him have a drink and sleep, and than set up my room so he could stay on my bed with me. Me and my Mum honestly thought we were losing him last night, we were both crying our eyes out, and I don't want to go through it all again, I'm sure if any of you have experienced your rat not being able to breath you understand, it must be one of the hardest things I've gotten through. Arthur is now breathing like he normally does, eating, drinking and grooming himself, I just don't know what happened or why? I had him out earlier that night and he was fine, it just suddenly came on. I don't even know what I should do, I need your honest advice, even if it will hurt me, because all I want is the best for Arthur and what can I do to keep him comfty and to help it? Do you think it will happen again?
Please help, we're so worried, and I'm sorry for the long post.
Thanks in advance!!