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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-13-2004, 12:49 PM Thread Starter
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My rat is so sick

This past weekend he's been sleeping more than usual and today he's just
terrible. He won't get up, he just lies there most of the time, he'll eat and drink
if I give it to him, but what can I do? Is there some sort of medicine I can get
without going to a vet? I'm so terrified he'll die and I love him so much. Please
e-mail me if you can help me.

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We cannot recommend a medication, as none of us are licensed veterinarians. It is illegal for us to do so. Not to mention, we have absolutely no way of diagnosing his illness over the interenet. I'd highly recommend you take your rat to the vet before it's too late.

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I hope you can get him to a vet asap! It could be something that can be treated.


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I do hope your rat gets better soon, take care..

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We cannot recommend a medication, as none of us are licensed veterinarians. It is illegal for us to do so. Not to mention, we have absolutely no way of diagnosing his illness over the interenet. I'd highly recommend you take your rat to the vet before it's too late.
Well thank you for your help. I did get Cricket to the vet this afternoon and
he was diagnosed with pneumonia, I only hope I didn't wait too long to take
him in.

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I hope you can get him to a vet asap! It could be something that can be treated.
I really hope I didn't wait too long.

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I do hope your rat gets better soon, take care..
Thank you very much, I hope he'll be better really soon.
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post #6 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-14-2004, 10:43 AM Thread Starter
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One other thing I wanted to ask about is that since Cricket got sick yesterday,
I've noticed his eyes seem to be more watery than usual. Does anyone know what
this might mean? It's not the red discharge, they just look watery.
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I'm glad he went to the vet and is being treated! I hope he recovers soon.


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I'm glad he went to the vet and is being treated! I hope he recovers soon.
Thank you, I hope so too!
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One other thing I wanted to ask about is that since Cricket got sick yesterday,
I've noticed his eyes seem to be more watery than usual. Does anyone know what
this might mean? It's not the red discharge, they just look watery.
You said you took him to the vet and he was diagnosed with pnemonia...if that is the case and he has pnemonia, I would think that would have something to do with it. You can always call your vet and ask though (which is what I do when I'm worried about something)
What did they prescribe for treatment?
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You said you took him to the vet and he was diagnosed with pnemonia...if that is the case and he has pnemonia, I would think that would have something to do with it. You can always call your vet and ask though (which is what I do when I'm worried about something)
What did they prescribe for treatment?
I hope he gets better for you soon
I forgot to ask about Cricket's watery eyes while I was there, and he was feeling so down, he actually slept on the table and the vet mentioned something about his eyes being squinty.

I'm to give him .5 cc of Baytril (sp?) twice a day, does that sound about right for a dosage and what he's got?
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Maybe it's just me, but baytril doesn't sound like the kind of meds you would use for pneumonia. I would suggest you read a bit through this.
It mentions in there what she was using for her little boy with pneumonia, and there's also a link within the thread you may want to check out.

Hope your rattie gets better.


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Maybe it's just me, but baytril doesn't sound like the kind of meds you would use for pneumonia. I would suggest you read a bit through this.
It mentions in there what she was using for her little boy with pneumonia, and there's also a link within the thread you may want to check out.

Hope your rattie gets better.
I don't know ... the vet actually told me that Baytril was one of the best medicines for rats and I assumed he meant pneumonia too but he's the professional I thought and I don't really know much about it. I'll read through the link you gave me and see what I find, thanks for taking the time to post it for me!
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Maybe it's just me, but baytril doesn't sound like the kind of meds you would use for pneumonia. I would suggest you read a bit through this.
It mentions in there what she was using for her little boy with pneumonia, and there's also a link within the thread you may want to check out.

Hope your rattie gets better.
Actually, that didn't say what he was on for the antibiotic, just the steriod for the head tilt.

I'm not sure about the Baytril or dose but just continue to keep and eye on him and call the vet about the watery eyes

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Okay, I just called my vet...they said that's exactly what they prescribe. .5 CC of Baytril twice a day and watery eyes is common with pnemonia...you may want to get your little rattie some bene-bac or acidophilis to help keep his gut flora in line and get his appetite raised

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Okay, I just called my vet...they said that's exactly what they prescribe. .5 CC of Baytril twice a day and watery eyes is common with pnemonia...you may want to get your little rattie some bene-bac or acidophilis to help keep his gut flora in line and get his appetite raised
Ugh seems like pneumonia is so common with ratties. I'm worried about Sundae. I don't think she has it but she was real sneezy when I got her so I'm paranoid. She still sneezes once in awhile so I moniter really closely.

dreuxlovesme, did your rattie get sick suddenly or did you notice he wasn't feeling well before that?


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