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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 03-19-2009, 05:19 PM Thread Starter
 
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Unhappy Vet visit.

I had to take one of my babies to the vet today. Tippy, my black and white fancy rat, has lost a lot of weight. She went from being about a pound to being only 8 oz. She's also discoloring in her extremities. The vet threw a lot of big words at me, any of which could be the problem, the only ones I could understand being pneumonia, and tumor. I had to leave her there for a couple days and they'll call me with any news...
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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 03-19-2009, 05:30 PM
 
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I really hope they can fix her up! Good luck and keep us updated.
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Awww, if she suddenly became lethargic, not very active anymore, loss of weight, hanging her head off of things and sometimes breathing hard while being still, plus the cyanosis (blue colour from unoxygenated blood) of her extremeties, as well as a coolness to them, she might have CHF or congestive heart failure. The easiest way to find out is to give her a diagnostic dosing of something like lasix or enalapril or even both. IF she responds, her extremeties warm up, things just improve within 1-3 days, then she has a heart issue and will need to be on those meds for life.
IF there's no change at all, the meds will do nothing to harm her they just won't help and she doesn't have a heart condition.

Then you are looking at COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), pulmonary abscesses, scarred lungs etc.

Did she slowly regress, and act sick? Pneumonia is a true illness not just a condition. Tumours could be pushing on her lungs not allowing her the full capacity to breathe but the weight loss is not always indicative of this.

I would seriously try your rat on heart meds, since its the easiest way to "test" for it.

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She actually hasn't been acting sick. She's not sleeping more than she usually does. I've been monitoring her eating and drinking between seeing my regular vet and going to the specialist today and it hasn't changed she's still just as excited for treats and dinner time. Her breathing has been labored but not when she's holding still.

The vet is doing some X-rays and keeping her till Saturday so hopefully they'll have more ideas then.
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She actually hasn't been acting sick. She's not sleeping more than she usually does. I've been monitoring her eating and drinking between seeing my regular vet and going to the specialist today and it hasn't changed she's still just as excited for treats and dinner time. Her breathing has been labored but not when she's holding still.

The vet is doing some X-rays and keeping her till Saturday so hopefully they'll have more ideas then.
Awesome for the x-rays. They will be able to see tumours, consolidated lungs, etc, but they will also be able to see the size of her heart.

Let us know! I hope its nothing too major and your baby comes home and gets better.

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Good luck, I hope everything turns out well. Give your girlie an extra cuddle for me.

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Good luck!!! keep us posted!!!
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Thanks for all the well wishes! It's makes me fell better. I called them today and so far no change, which means they're still not sure which is wrong but she's not getting any worse. Hopefully I'll have news tomorrow.
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Well I called the Vet after I got off work and he said they found some masses in her chest. The growths don't seem to be affecting her lung capacity so there is a larger illness affecting her breathing and weight. Hopefully I can bring her home on Monday. In the meanwhile her sister Fredi is having a hard time being alone, I bought them together and they've never really been apart. She's getting a lot of extra attention and treats.
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My 20 month old girl has scarred lungs/pulmonary abscesses...they will never be cured but I am making her more comfortable. She is on every-2nd-day sub-q shots of dexamethasone and gentocin.

You might want to try a steroid to reduce any inflammation in her lungs and help her get more oxygen in there.

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I brought Tippy home today. My poor baby was so worked over being in a strange place that she lost a lot of fur. the Vet says it was just nerves and it should grow back no problem. I have two prescriptions for her Baytril, and Furosemide. Hopefully I won't have any problems giving them to her. She has a check up in two weeks and I hope she'll have put on some weight by then
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My mom takes furosemide for her to pee.. thats weird. do they think shes dehydrated?
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Furosemide/lasix is a diuretic and helps with the excess fluids that can be built up in the lungs or around the heart.

Make sure she is drinking while on the lasix because they can dehydrate.

http://ratguide.com/meds/urinary_tra...furosemide.php

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They have plenty of water and she loves the taste of her meds so hopefully she'll be doing great in no time.
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Lasix works scary fast (you can get results in 20 mins but I prefer to wait a day)..how is she doing now?

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