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post #16 of 23 (permalink) Old 07-31-2012, 07:07 PM
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I'm pretty sure that had something to do with Trixie's demise. From everything I've read, two days of sneezing in a previously healthy young rat should have been a warning, not the end.
Unless it was pneumonia or you got hit by a virus (scary fast) it should not have been the end.

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post #17 of 23 (permalink) Old 07-31-2012, 09:29 PM
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And her cagemate, Gracie, is fine. She sneezed for two days when we first brought her home, but by day 3 it had stopped and she's been healthy and active otherwise.
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There may have ended up being something congenitally wrong with Trixie, or she got hold of some kind of toxin. Though that's just guessing. Without a vet necropsy, it's often a shot in the dark.


Thought I'd give a non-update of sorts. With all my surgeries and such, I've blown through every bit of my vet money budget, and into my personal savings for this two week cycle. The only thing I can spend money on until the next paycheck is an emergency like when custard split her leg open. So, in the meantime, I'm continuing treating Melon on ab's as if he has myco, keeping him low stress, and keeping him on a healthy diet to which I've added flax oil and other heart friendly supplements as per the Rat Health Guide.

I'll know more next week.


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post #19 of 23 (permalink) Old 08-02-2012, 07:52 PM
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I had to put my little girl pinky down today. I thought she had myco. my vet is to awsome he checked her and she actually had an annurism in her lungs. so dont ever assume its myco. It could also be either tumers in the lungs or an anurism. maybe even something else. pinky is a hairless rat and she gave me two beautiful years of happiness with her and I will miss her.
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post #20 of 23 (permalink) Old 08-03-2012, 01:14 AM
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What is the Rat Health Guide, and where might I find a copy?
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I'm so sorry about your Pinky, Vlaine. Though it's not a happy post, welcome aboard.

You're right, I shouldn't assume it's myco. Pretty much the instant Lilspaz mentioned congestive heart failure I snapped out of that. I was already going to have the vet do an Xray, so hopefully it will show something else to treat, or at least let me know a clear next step. If not, I'll be working with him to treat things symptomatically to see if we can narrow this down to something maintainable or if it's time to consider putting him down.


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What is the Rat Health Guide, and where might I find a copy?
It's all online, located here:
http://ratguide.com/health/

It doesn't replace a good vet but it can help us out in a pinch.

Here's another quickie guide to use as a companion:
http://www.rmca.org/Resources/faqs.htm#TOC


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Thanks Story. I also got several vet referrals from the rescue lady, including the one she uses.
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