Official Loofah Tester
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: SE United States
Yeah, HED is depressing (for us humans), but is pretty common. All it tends to need is adjusting access to important things in their cage to lower and safer levels, keeping a clean cage, and helping them bathe themselves with a baby wipe (and with boys helping them by cleaning the smegma from their boy bits). Also if they have trouble eating, try softer versions of the foods they normally eat so they can lap it up without holding it in their front paws.
The eye is the real concern, and it might even be treated easily with antibiotics or even eye removal if needed, since she's had the problem for a while. My old man rat lived to be almost three years old. His last year was with HED. They adapt wonderfully if given a chance, so you may have several months more with your rat depending on what's going on with the eye.
The red in her eye all along likely hasn't been blood though. Rat mucous has a red tinge to it and people often mistake it for blood. In short, rat snot is red. For most of the time she's probably just been producing this. Like with people excessive mucous production is a sign of underlying infection or irritation, so she's had /something/ going on. If she's now damaged her eye, there might be blood involved with the more recent symptoms, but a doctor can figure all that out for you.
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