Quarantine procedures.. PLEASE READ!!!
Well i have noticed another problem that has come up a few times. It seems alot of people are not properly quaratining (sp) there new rats, if at all!!
-First off proper quarantine is an absolute must, no matter where you get your rat from!! Especially considering infections such as Myco and SDA can lie dormant for weeks before the infected rat is showing signs of infection. It may be somewhat inconvienient but can save time, money and heartbreak in the future. If you care about your rats (which I am sure you all do) you MUST quarantine here are the basics of proper quarantine:
-unless you got your rat from a breeder you know well, and can be assured all their rats are in perfect health, or the rat has already been vet checked including bloodwork, the rat should be quarantined OUTSIDE your home. I am serious this is a big deal, you can board the rat at your vet's office, or find a friend or family member who is rat free to care for the rat for atleast three weeks. This is because most diseases, and viruses are airborn, even if you keep the rat in a seperate room, basement, garage ect. This is not enough space!
-even if you did get the rat from a good breeder or it has been vet checked you still need to quaratine, although it is somewhat more exceptable to keep the rat inside your home but in a different room.
-Also if you visit said rat, or not to mention if you are in a petstore, shelter, anywhere they have other rodents (even if you didn't touch any) you should stay away from your rats for atleast 3 hours, change your clothes and shoes, shower and blow your nose! I know that sounds odd but SDA can attach itself to clothing, skin, hair, and even in our mucus membranes!!
I myself work at a shelter and go through this routine everyday I work!! Like i said it may be a bit inconvienient but it is neccasary!
Please don't think I am being some crazy overzealous animal activist (ummm...well i kinda am..anywho!!) These procedures are absolutely neccasary for keeping your rats healthy!
There is absolutely NO reason or exceptable excuse not to quarantine!! Well thanks again for hearing me out, I hope this info will help anyone who was not sure of proper quarantine procedures.