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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 04-28-2008, 01:45 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Missy

Well Missy has always had troubles with RI's and such but last week she became VERY cold to the touch and i tried everything to warm her up and it seemed to work and she was almost her old self. Well i have been on holiday for a week and my sister has been caring for all my animals and she said that Missy had started to get skinny etc but is still eating and drinking perfectly normal well i came home yesterday and went straight to the cage obviously and OMG she is just skin and bone. We took her to the vets this morning and they did x-rays etc but say there is nothing wrong with her apart from the RI as always. She is constantly on Baytril but i am soooo worried about her as she has lost so much weight and looks really old and boney apart from that she is perfectly normal in every way playing,kissing me,eating,drinking etc. I have had her 6 months and when i adopted her they said she was only a baby so i dont think its old age unless they got it wrong coz the paperwork they gave me was for the wrong rat!!!

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oh...i'm sorry..i advise you to maybe get some baby formula and feed it to her...that helps put weight on...hopefully she gets better.

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I have tried with baby food and have been giving her bread soaked in milk and mashed banana etc and she is eating it all no problem!!

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omg i have no experience with rodents at all but i could'nt ignore this post !
im really sorry to hear about her i hope you find out what is wrong please let me know if you have any updates
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It's not good to be pumping the same antibiotic into her. They just build up a resistance and they stop working. If the baytril didn't work the first time then the vet should have tried something else. A lot of times, a combo of antibiotics works best.

I would ask her vet if there is anything else you can try. URIs can be very deadly (I'm sure you know that)

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I second what Missy said, the vet should change the meds if they are not working.

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kmr or baby cereal is good to help put on weigth and it's easier to hand feed it to them if they don't eat.


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oh I'm so sorry! I hope she feels better soon and puts on some weight!
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Thanks for all your comments! She is eating everything i give her perfectly well and is drinking fine. She is totally normal apart from the rapid weight loss. There is apparently no other meds they can give her all they do for rodents and small animals is Baytril. She has had x-rays etc but there is nothing showing up so we are stumped as to what is wrong with her!!! She is perky this morning and has been playing fetch the string etc so she really is ok in herself just majorly skinny!

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well i'm glad her spirits are up. it's good she's eating and playing. i'll keep her in my heart

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hmm...that's very weird...well i hope she gains soon

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Thanks for all your comments! She is eating everything i give her perfectly well and is drinking fine. She is totally normal apart from the rapid weight loss. There is apparently no other meds they can give her all they do for rodents and small animals is Baytril. She has had x-rays etc but there is nothing showing up so we are stumped as to what is wrong with her!!! She is perky this morning and has been playing fetch the string etc so she really is ok in herself just majorly skinny!
Vets typically want to act like baytril is the be all end all strongest rat antibiotic, but it's not Debbie Ducommun (The Rat Lady) publishes volumes of rat health care guides. I don't have her newest one, but the one I have has saved a couple of rat lives. In it she says that RIs not affected by baytril can be treated with difloxacin, chloremphenicol, gentamicin, and clarithromycin. It can also be treated by combining baytril with doxycycline or by combining baytril or gentamicin with amoxicillin or cefadroxil. I have listed these in order of strength. Maybe you could ask your vet about some of these. Also it's always good for everyone to have the Rat Lady's Rat Health Care book. I believe you can buy and download it online, and she even includes her phone number so that she can be contacted for consultation.
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Oh also, what exactly did they see on the x-ray? Sometimes animals with chronic RI's develop scarring or even small tumors in the lungs. That could also explain why antibiotics aren't helping.
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I'm so happy to hear she is trying to stay with you! Keep playing with her, kissing her and cuddling her and I'm sure she will pull through, give her some kisses from me please, she needs them LOL

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Thanks for all your messages! They didnt see anything on the x-rays just normal rat bits lol. They said she was perfectly healthy in herself which makes no sense as she is skin and bone but she does seem totally fine in herself now just not got any weight behind her. I am carrying on with the baby food and bread aswell as egg and cheese and rat pellets to try and get her weight up i just hope she pulls through i cant lose her yet i have only had her 6 months and i love her sooooo much it would absolutely devastate me to lose her so soon!
I am giving her extra loving and kisses in the hope she is gonna fight whatever is happening all the way! I am also booking her in with a dif vet for a 2nd opinion and hopefully some other meds. there arent many rat savvy vets where i live so i had to dig about but i found another one!!!

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