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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-04-2007, 01:33 AM Thread Starter
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Swollen Foot

I was checking in on my rats when I heard a loud agonizing cry. I looked in the cage and couldn't figure out who was crying for help. Anyways on further search I came across my little Hope stuck in the hammock. I guess the rats chewed a hole in it and some how she became entangled. I took her out and I have her in the isolation tank. She seems to be moving fine with it but does anyone have any advice. I called my vet and she is out of town until monday.

I also posted it in Urgent Pet Care!

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She has most likely sprained it. Remove that hammie from the cage and figure out if there were strings she got caught on and cut them off, etc.

How swollen is it? How is she moving around? Is it completely pulled up into her body? Or is she dotting it down and using it for support occasionally?

Sprains just take a few days to resolve but if the foot is grotesquely swollen, she squeaks in pain, etc...she needs your vet fairly fast.

this is a pic of my Sebastian, it turned out to be a bacterial infection but it really looks like a break. It became even more swollen then this.


Is this what it looks like? Or is it just slightly swollen? If its very mild you could put her back in with her cagemates to limp around til its healed.

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Hammock was taken out last nite.

How swollen is it?
The pic of Sebastian with his foot swollen is what the swollening is at right now. It has come down since last nite.

How is she moving around?
She uses it occassionally to move around.

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Hmmm...if it continues to go down and her pain isn't too awful, just watch and wait.

If you think her pain is bad, go to your vet to get metacam. Its a painkiller plus anti-infammatory.

If the pain is not too bad but you still don't like it you can use OTC infant Tylenol Liquid or something similar.
Can you get a pic?

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Hope's foot was just sprained and she is doing much better now!

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Hooray, that's so great! It's horrible to see them hurting. I'm glad it ended well.

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Thats great news!

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i'm glad thigns are working out! *hugs*

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Yay!

I just pictured a cute little rattie with an ace bandage wrapped around its foot/ankle, and wearing a hat...lol

I'm glad she's feeling better!


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