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Offline TinyRat

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EMERGENCY baby rat, likely resp infection
« on: January 14, 2012, 01:15:44 AM »
I realize i just posted, but the issue w/ the baby rat is clear now and I need advice asap...

It is 3 weeks old, has been hand-reared for 2 of them. I don't have it, my friend does she has no internet. The rattie is barely moving, it "clicks" when it breathes. So most likely a respiratory infection.

There is no chance of a vet visit until morning... what to do to keep baby alive until then?

Edit: see this post for more info: http://www.goosemoose.com/rfc/index.php?topic=4093567.0
I love my sweetie-rat Shushara!

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Re: EMERGENCY baby rat, likely resp infection
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2012, 01:28:35 AM »
Other symptoms?

Is it cold?
Fur puffed?
Wheezing?
Open mouthed gasping?

Can she get ahold of an emergency vet?

For immediate respiratory distress, as long as the rat isn't gasping, you can offer DARK chocolate. Like a chocolate chip. Sometimes this helps open the airways.

You can always steam your bathroom (Run the shower on hot) and sit with the rat in your lap. Sit on the toilet so it's a bit elevated. Let it breathe the steam a bit. But if it shows any issues, remove it.

Keep it WARM. Try warm water bottles.

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Re: EMERGENCY baby rat, likely resp infection
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2012, 01:39:39 AM »
Thank you, RattusNorvegicus the link was very helpful. She is steaming the rat rt now, I hope it works out. Ratie was gasping on and off... Would a chocolate chip help given its age? it hasn't even started eating a lot of solid food yet, just nibbles at it from time to time.
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Re: EMERGENCY baby rat, likely resp infection
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2012, 01:45:11 AM »
If it's dark chocolate, and the rat might have a bit, it can't hurt to try. As long as it isn't gasping to suck in air, because then it might aspirate the chocolate.

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Re: EMERGENCY baby rat, likely resp infection
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2012, 01:46:38 AM »
If it's dark chocolate it's worth a try.

Offline TinyRat

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Re: EMERGENCY baby rat, likely resp infection
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2012, 01:48:36 AM »
Thanks for the advice, but rattie just died, on the way to an e-vet my friend was able to finally get though to :(

rip babyrat (She didn't even have a name yet... T.T)
« Last Edit: January 14, 2012, 01:52:21 AM by TinyRat »
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Re: EMERGENCY baby rat, likely resp infection
« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2012, 01:57:35 AM »
So sorry for your friend's loss. It's hard when they're that young.