Originally Posted by TweedleDeedle3
So my rat, Stinker, has a very swollen front right paw/foot. I'd noticed it yesterday, and actually called my vet, who said that I could bring him in today at 2pm, his only open appointment. So I did take him. Dr Mac told me that Bumblefoot usually occurs on the hind feet/legs, but that he didn't feel any broken bones, and other than Stinker not putting his full weight on it, it doesn't appear to be infected. He gave me some Ketaprofen, but warned me that Stinker may not eat it, and to give him childrens tylenol if that works better.
I guess my question is can rats get Bumblefoot on their front feet as well, and what should I look for? Dr Mac told me that since there weren't any of the usual signs of it, it may just be an injury (since he looks to have a slight bruise across his shoulders) but he hasn't had any red bumps indicating the start of bumblefoot.
And any advice on the giving of medication? He is particularly not fond of taking it!
Well let's determine if its bumblefoot or not first.
Here's your classic bumblefoot, a typical, not severe case. Bumblefoot can be genetic, caused by obesity, filthy conditions where the foot is cut and the bacteria goes in, and age where the whole sole of the foot is pressed on the ground.
This girl was older but tiny and it was probably genetic for Mattie
For her I only used Blu-Kote to dry up the bumblefoot. If it was infected there would need to be antibiotics, oral and topical if possible.
Bumblefoot doesn't swell up the entire foot and usually is on the hind feet.
An injury or even a bacterial infection looks like this.
I gave Tonka metacam for her bad sprain, and in a couple of days it was improving.
Ketaprofen is an NSAID like metacam, but so is Infant/children's Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) and instead of Tylenol (which is useless for swelling/inflammation) you could use that instead.