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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-31-2007, 12:04 AM Thread Starter
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Really big scare

Well, I just had a huge scare with Hercules. He started choking on some food, and was doing it for several minutes. He coughed up a piece of seed shell, then kept gagging and drooling for a long time afterwards. I called the emergency vet, and the nearest place that had a rodent person in tonight was 30 mins away, so I loaded him in the car and got going. The whole drive up his breathing was really shallow and he was coughing/gagging periodically. Then, as soon as we got to the vet, I swear he did this on purpose, he was absolutely fine.
I had the vet check him over anyway, since I'd gone all that way, and he gave Herc a steroid shot to prevent any swelling in the throat from the trauma. He seems very perky now that he's home, and I'm so relieved.

Overall, he was choking for probably an 45 minutes or so, and after what happened with Fae's baby Xandria, I was really scared and didn't want to take any chances.

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Well, I just had a huge scare with Hercules. He started choking on some food, and was doing it for several minutes. He coughed up a piece of seed shell, then kept gagging and drooling for a long time afterwards. I called the emergency vet, and the nearest place that had a rodent person in tonight was 30 mins away, so I loaded him in the car and got going. The whole drive up his breathing was really shallow and he was coughing/gagging periodically. Then, as soon as we got to the vet, I swear he did this on purpose, he was absolutely fine.
I had the vet check him over anyway, since I'd gone all that way, and he gave Herc a steroid shot to prevent any swelling in the throat from the trauma. He seems very perky now that he's home, and I'm so relieved.

Overall, he was choking for probably an 45 minutes or so, and after what happened with Fae's baby Xandria, I was really scared and didn't want to take any chances.
A rat choking to death is very very uncommon. They almost always clear it themselves if they are left alone. I am not positive tiny Xandria was choking even though it did seem so. Its hard to tell over IM what is really going on. I personally think the baby had an underlying respiratory infection that her wee body couldn't fight.

Choking episodes are very very scary, but try to stay calm, and if things get very severe you can always google Ratty Fling. DO NOT USE THIS IF THEY ARE STILL BREATHING. Only if they stop, but they almost never do. If you do this while they are breathing you could lodge the item in their throat even worse and kill them.

If its been a severe episode, the next day I often give them baby food and baby cereal (soft items) for a sore inflamed throat, but usually they are just fine, unlike their worried Mom.

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Great advice

Here you can find out about how to do the Ratty Fling (remember,only if they stop breathing or unconscious!!)

Ratty Fling: How to: Ratty Fling

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-31-2007, 11:55 AM
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Im glad to hear your guy is doing much better


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