Hi guys, this is my first post here but I have a burning question. It's a bit of tale but here goes. I could really use some advice from anyone who has had a sneezy or licey ratty before
My new rat, Merlin, was infested with lice when I got him and was also very small and fluffy. I suspect that I was lied to about his age as he was only 78 grams yet I was told he would be 7 weeks. I'd guess that he was maybe 4 or 5 weeks at the time. At any rate, we gave him the spot on treatment and the lice went away. I noticed that he was sneezing but that could have been stress, the new move, his old bedding etc so I left him be for week. I also wanted to let him gain some weight before he had any further medication because he was so fricken tiny and thin.
He was eating and drinking but the sneezing and noisy breathing continued so nearly two weeks after I got him I took him to the vet. There we learned that he was up to 150 grams (yay) and he was prescribed 0.04ml of baytril twice a day for 7-10 days. That was three days ago and he has had 4 doses so far and will get his 5th tonight.
So. I have seen improvement. He has gone from a sleepy, uninterested rat who just snuggled down and slept when outside the cage to a perky, curious little man who now tussles with his cagemate Darwin over food and dashes around wanting to see what's going on. He's suddenly got character is how I would describe it.
My issue is that his sneezing and breathing haven't really improved. It seems to bother him less but there is no real improvement yet in that area. I called the vet and she said to keep going with this medication and see how he is on Monday.
My question is; do you think the medication is working? Does he maybe need two types of antibiotics? He keeps getting little breathing fits where he gets very noisy for several seconds, and his normal breathing is audibly snuffly almost all the time. Does he maybe just need more time on the current meds?
Also, on the night I got back from the vet I saw some lice on him again. Only about 4 or 5 but we treated him for that even though it had only been two weeks since his last dose of beaphar. Darwin was also treated. Was I right to do this?
Any advice would be massively appreciated!