A vet that listens, I love him!
I finally found my rat vet, after much arduous searching. We have taken our various ratties to several places. Some didn't even seem to be comfortable handling them. Most gave us weak non-working antibiotics instead of the baytril we requested so that we had to go back several times, the last one tried to guilt me into rushing into Boris's hernia surgery by saying "Now aren't you going to feel bad if you come home and it has strangulated?" I don't like being manipulated.
We took our hairless rescue and our new guy to a new vet last night. Boris has gotten a little better about sneezing since his last antibiotic but not all the way, and the baby I just wanted to get generally checked out since he's new to us.
The vet knew how to handle them. They weren't afraid of him. When I said we have sneezing and porphyrin problems that the other antibiotic helped but didn't cure he said, "That's probably because the other antibiotic is too weak and you need baytril."
When I asked him about Boris's hernia and our fear about putting him through surgery with respiratory problems he leveled with me. He said the hernia was a large opening so stuff could move in and out easily which means it's very unlikely to strangulate. He also said if you push it in frequently navel hernias in babies often close on their own. Finally he said there's less than a 10% chance of it strangulating suddenly with no warning. And that there was a much greater risk with putting a rat with respiratory problems under anesthesia so i didn't need to feel rushed to correct it before I felt comfortable that he was strong and healthy.
I'm so excited to finally have a vet that we can trust! It has really put my mind at ease about all my babies!