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Hey guys...

So just now I noticed red spots in the play area. They are on a white blanket. All i can think of is one of my boys are peeing blood. Does this happen to rats? Let me know your thoughts. Thanks.


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This doesn't happen to anything normally. Did anyone get bit? did you have any red treats on the ground?
 

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Check each rat all over for any cuts or scrapes. Often small cuts will bleed quite a bit, though rats heal well on their own. If you do not find any cuts or scrapes at all, then check around their nose and eye area for signs of red fluid. This is called porphyrin, and it is often mistaken for blood, but it is actually the color of their mucus. Sometimes you will see it on their blankets, particularly in their sleeping area, because it is common for them to have a bit accumulate while they sleep, but they normally wash it off right after waking up.

So, first check for cuts, scrapes or other injuries--check all over each rat carefully. You might also look at their toenails, since it's possible that one got caught on something and is bleeding a bit. (This is fairly common.) Next, look at their eyes and noses for signs of porphyrin staining. If you don't see any of those signs, keep an eye on them and see if it continues, and try to figure out who it is.
 

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i have seen red liquid come out of his penis. i know which rat it is. So he is peeing bloody for sure.
 

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Then you need to get him to a vet asap. Not sure what's wrong, but any animal peeing blood needs treatment quickly.
 

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If there's blood in his urine he likely has a UTI (urinary tract infection), which can be fixed up relatively easy with antibiotics. This is the most likely diagnosis, but there are others...internal injury is another one.

Vet time.
 

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Update: He started getting better on his own but we took him to the vet anyway. On the way to the vet he started to leak red out of his eyes.. it was porphyrin and i am guessing that was in his oee too. By the time he went to the vet he was peeing normal. The vet did find some kinda lump in his belly tho.. so we have to watch that. He is back to his normal self now terrizing the rats above his cage!!!! LOL
 

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sometimes my males do that when they breed,, sometimes they dont know when to stop and end up bleeding,, if he is a dominant one he may have irritated the area,, uh yea kinda hard to explain,, feel free to message me
 

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Did they say where the lump was? Near what organ? Could it be his kidney's? Did they put him on antibiotics anyways? I would think with his symptoms, and a lump in his belly, they should.
 

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I am also wondering about the lump. When one of my ladies started urinating blood I rushed her to the emergency vet to find she had tumors inside and would eventually bleed herself out since her pee was primarily red blood cells, I had to have her euthanized. Be careful!
 
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