Originally Posted by TweedleDeedle3
Also, if you cannot get your rat to the vet ASAP, go to your local pet store (Petco or Petsmart) usually, and get something from the "bird" isle called Ornacycline, it's a tetracycline based antibiotic, you just put it into their water, be sure to change out any unused water daily, it's slightly fruit flavored, so they won't really taste the medicine. There are tablets, I like the packets that you just pour into the water, there is less setiment.
This is just a short term solution until you can get to the Vet.
If you have other pets, your vet may see your rat as a courtesy to you. Please let us know how your rattie is doing...I hope she gets to feeling well soon!
Putting abs in water is not a good idea at all. It was an old school type of medicating...there are many reasons not to do this;
1) Ornacycline is a very very weak antibiotic for rats to begin with. For a URI or resp. issue Doxycycline is the best of them. You can order in doxy in a pinch.
2) you cannot guarantee how much meds the rat actually will receive. Dosages of antibiotics are carefully decided based on 3 things, the rat's weight, the concentration of the ab (antibiotic) and the recommended dosage.
10 mg/kg to 20 mg/kg , PO , q8hrs
PO is orally, every 8 hours (3 times a day). With water dosing you have no idea how much they are getting, whether they are being underdosed or overdosed.
Say we make up 25 mg/ml tetracycline for example;
a 300 gram rat should get .12 cc's 3 times a day
a 400 gram rat should get .16 cc's
a 500 gram rat should get .2 cc's
3) a medicated water bottle has to be scrubbed out and replaced EVERY day since it can promote bacterial growth inside the bottle
4) a rat often won't drink "tainted" water, so they may not drink at all and dehydrate...a sick rat that is dehydrated is in serious danger.
If you do decide on getting the ornacycline, determine how many mg/gram or kg it is then we can work out an oral dosage with a syringe.
I get pills and capsules from my vet and make up my own meds all the time...very very carefully.