Question About A Sick Rat
I am asking this for a girl who, I wouldn't call a friend, just someone I see every so often because we have like friends. I got all the information from her and promised I would ask the rat board for advice.
She bought a rat to feed to her snake. She noticed that it sounded stuffed up and thought it was sick so she didn't feed it to her snake. Since then it has a stuffed up nose (boogers drying around the nostrils), a squinty left eye that sometimes has dried eye boogers, it sneezes a lot and tries to blow its nose, and now it leans its head to the left side and appears to be off balance. I told her it sounds/looks like the rat has an URI. I told her she needs to take it to the vet to get some meds for the rat. She says she is not going to spend a bunch of money on a feeder. She says she is thinking of keeping it as a breeder. She says she asked the pet store and they told her she needs tetracycline for rodents. She couldn't find it and now she is giving it Ornacyn-Plus that's active antibiotic is erythromycin. This product is used to treat respiratory diseases in pet birds.
So, her question is. Is this medicine ok? Will it work to clear up the URI? The pet store told her it should be fine. But the rat seems to be at a stand still. It still runs around and hops about playing with the other rat she bought to breed. She says she thinks it is getting better because sometimes it doesn't sound as stuffy. I told her to feed it fresh vegetables and fruits to help some. The meds go in the water and the rat drinks it. But she doesn't know if it is getting enough. Should she use an eye dropper to give it the medicated water to make sure it is getting enough meds? Also, the pet store keeps swearing that they will be getting tetracycline for rodents in. If they ever do, can she switch the meds and give the rat that antibiotic?
(I personally think she should return the rat to the store so they can properly care for it and get it better. But, you know how it goes telling people what to do with their, not even a pet, a breeder. She doesn't care, it is just 4 bucks to her.) Any advice or help will be much appreciated. I noticed she could by tetracycline online in 250 MG caps. Should she do this and find the dosage for a rat? Does anyone know the dosage for a rat?