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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-03-2006, 06:52 PM Thread Starter
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Is Maizy sick?

The girls haven't had time out of the cage all week because I've been busy working and taking on new fosters. Anywho I was playing with them today and noticed how bad Maizy's eyes look. They have like a bloody discharge around them, she seems to have lost some weight as well. She is a petstore rat, so I didn't expect her to be fully healthy, but is this an illness, or could it be from stress? Molly looks fine, she's always been on the thin side though. The temps have dropped quite a bit the past couple days and I've done my best to make sure that they have warm places to sleep, and their cage isn't anywhere near a draft. I fed them a little extra today and Maizy gobbled her food right up, she seems normal in every way but her eyes, and weight.
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Rat tears are brown-red in color, so if your rat has a “bloody discharge” from the nose and eyes, it is most likely the porphyrin secretion from the Harderian Gland that helps to lubricate the eye. An increase in tear secretions can be due to stress, illness, allergies, lesions of the eye, tumor of the tear duct, or a plugged nasal-lacrimal duct. Under normal circumstances, most rats do not have a nasal discharge, although Dr. Booth has seen many older disease free rats that frequently have a slight eye discharge. If an animal has a plugged nasal-lacrimal duct (drains from the eye to the nose), your veterinarian can check the patency by placing fluorescein stain in the eye. If the duct is not clogged, a small amount will drain out the nose. A clogged nasal-lacrimal duct is very uncommon in rats, and most that have a nasal or ocular discharge have a respiratory or viral infection.
Karen Robbins & Carmen Jane Booth, D.V.M.
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This is polyphrin.As Andrea mentioned,it could be due to many things.Stress is the biggest cause of it though.Also a sign of myco.Does her breathing sound okay?

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If breathing and everything sounds okay the rat should be fine. The red discharge is OK as long as it's minimal

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just make sure the bedding is not pine...and she has as little stress as possible...perhaps her cage mate is creating long as its not excessive polyphrin secretion...its fine

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