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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-02-2009, 08:06 AM Thread Starter
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Question When is sneezing a problem?

Hi everyone. My boys are six weeks old now, and have been with me for one week. I have seen them sneeze maybe once or twice a day or every other day, and was just wondering when is sneezing considered a problem health-wise? I always check them every time I have them out for breathing sounds (all clear thus far) and porphyrin (not any that I can see, although maybe a tiny tiny speck this morning near Stanley's nose, but it might have been food since he was in his bowl eating at the time). I have them on Yesterday's News with paper towels for their bedding. They are both active, alert and eating VERY well!

So, again, I guess my question is when should sneezing be considered problematic enough for a vet visit? Also, is porphyrin always a bad sign, even if it only shows up every once in a while in very small amounts?
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Sneezing is a problem,when it is done excessively and constantly and they have discharge or breathing problems or another symptom with the sneezing.Rats sneeze a little bit when they are in new surroundings.That is normal,as long as it is not excessive.


Also a little bit of porphyrin is nothing to worry about,as rats sometimes wake up with a little bit of porphyrin on their noses.




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Yes, Lisa is exactly right. It sounds like your rats are healthy. It's good that you have done your research and you know what to look out for. It is also important that you pay attention to what they look/sound/act like when they are healthy so that you can identify when something is wrong. Great job!

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-02-2009, 02:09 PM Thread Starter
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Great to know! Thanks a lot for the responses! (I think I am probably freaking out over little things, but after having two rats about a decade ago die from complications to myco, I want to make sure these guys are ok from the beginning!) I appreciate your help!
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