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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-17-2010, 08:05 AM Thread Starter
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Is she sneezing or....

Mimi has always been vocal since I brought her home but in the last 24 hours she's been VERY vocal.
I'm off work with a chest infection, earlier I took a nap and she was squeaking so loudly that she woke me up, something she has never done before!
The noise she's making is a short, loud squeak at random times and sometimes she'll do the noise a few times right after the other, almost as if she is doing some sort of snuffling squeak. (So hard to describe a noise that they make! )
Her breathing sounds normal though, but a few times she's sniffing louder than usual.
She's making this squeaking sound in her sleep! I have checked her nose and eyes and they're clear, her fur is normal and so is her behaviour (still the mischievous one ) and she's eating and drinking.
As I said, she has always made this noise, just never as much. Is it something I should worry about and take her to the vet?

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-17-2010, 01:54 PM
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I know it is SO hard to describe rat noises to other people, so no worries, it IS difficult! I would be concerned about the level of that snuffing/squeaking. It sounds out of the ordinary and she could have the beginnings of a respiratory problem that just has not shown itself yet in the form of nasal discharge and other symptoms, but she could very well be in some distress and discomfort. I would definitely play it safe and call your small animal vet and let them know everything you told us on the forum. I think it would be good for a vet to check her out to see if something is up. Do you already have a good small animal/exotic vet you can call?

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I agree with Vlad about the vet being a good idea. In my mind, whenever something unusual occurs with my boys, it's always better to be safe than sorry. The odd squeaking might very well be related to a respiratory illness--especially if it's happening while she is sleeping, too--so I'd call and make an appointment with the vet just to be on the safe side.


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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-17-2010, 05:49 PM
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Pet store rats are SO notorious for respiratory illness.... And tumors... =/

I am so sorry and hope I don't sound insensitive, but I had to stop with pet store rats forever, because it always ended tragically.

Still though, if you get a Vet to prescribe antibiotic, it is probably Myco and can be treated to extend their life and quality of life when caught early enough/in time.. So I second everyone else's thought: Definitely sounds bad... Any kind of sneezing or wheezing is usually a bad, bad sign.
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-19-2010, 11:23 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you for your replies

The pet store where I bought her from has an instore vet and I'm taking Mimi along tomorrow. They were nice enough to bill it via the company too as I haven't had her for so long.

She is still herself in spirit although as of this morning she has the dreaded nasal discharge

Not sure what else to do for her until tomorrow apart from keep her warm and hydrated. She doesn't seem to feel very sorry for herself though, she's been busy with Misty burrowing in their new fleece blanket and chewing the sleeves on my hoodie
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I am glad the pet store is going to take care of Mimi with their in-house vet, and taking Misty along too is very smart, so that she can get checked out too and also keep her sister company.

It was so cute when you said Mimi wasn't feeling too sorry for herself and was busy playing with her sister and chewing holes in your hoody. Sounds like your typical rat! They are such little troopers and so strong. It is their zest for life I think.

I can't tell you how many times I have seen rat parents on this forum tell about situations where they were crying/freaking out over something about their rat (illness, a bite or scratch, or something) and they would say something like, "I was crying and calling the vet and my ratty was unconcerned and eating a treat and looking up at me like, "Hey Mom, what's the big deal?" Such sweet little troopers they are. Love them so much. Good luck with your girls! I can't wait to see pictures of them too.

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Yep, I'm gonna take Misty along too for the ride. I've set up a cat carrier for them with bedding and some treats to take them in. Hopefully they'll like their little roadtrip

You're right! They are troopers. It makes me feel much better that she is still herself and playful.

I have posted a picture of each of them in the other thread!
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Yep, you are right, I remember the little pictures from the other post, they were so cute! We just always crave more pictures here on the forum, ha ha. Sounds like your girls are going to be nice and cozy for their road trip. The best of luck to them and keep us posted.

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how are they doing? how was the vet visit is Mimi ok?
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