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Rat Care Corner / Long time no see, Ghetto has a bump on his tail
« Last post by Little_Vixen on Yesterday at 11:49:31 PM »
I stopped coming onto the forums for a long time. Lots of reasons yada yada.

Recently within the last month I had to help my rat Fred cross the bridge. Fred and his cagemate Ghetto are the last 2 boys that I brought with me from Tennessee when I moved to Idaho a year ago end of May.

It's been a battle even doing anything with the Ghetto or Ivan (in a different cage) right now because it doesn't seem to hit me that Fred is gone until I go to Ghetto's cage and... he's not there. So some things lapsed.

Was time to clean cage so I decided to do a full clean down wipe out and Ghetto had a suuuuuper dirty tail so I gave him a bath (he's currently in a towel in my lap drying and being warm).

I gently used this little toothbrush and scrubbed his tail gently because wow it was dirty. He had managed to get bedding stuck to his tail in one spot and that came off just fine. I thought this one spot was bedding too, but it's not.

It's also next to a little red sore. I don't know if it's an abcess, cyst, growth whathaveyou, but the spot I'm talking about is dark brownish with a little bit of white going across it. It's about the size of a fairly good sized human pimple, but on his tail. It's not super soft, but it's not hard hard I don't think.

His tail looks horrible honestly, the scales and everything just doesn't look great. His tail well... just doesn't look like I think it should be.

I'll try to see if I can add a picture, it's been so long that I'm not sure I remember how.

Any ideas on what it could be?
Rat Tails & Mug Shots / Re: A sweet moment at the vet's office today <3
« Last post by purple rat on Yesterday at 10:25:55 PM »
You and Holly make great rattie ambassadors!  :thumbsup2:
Rat Tails & Mug Shots / Re: A sweet moment at the vet's office today <3
« Last post by Marshall on Yesterday at 11:33:34 AM »
That is really sweet  :heart:. It's nice when people are open to learning about rats. Usually when I go to the vet and someone finds out that I have a rat with me they seem open minded at first but then they'll tell me a story about a negative experience that they had with a wild rat. I'm glad you were able to give this woman a different perspective.  :)
Rat Tails & Mug Shots / A sweet moment at the vet's office today <3
« Last post by gramma2jaakk on June 21, 2017, 03:13:01 PM »
 I had Holly at the vet today for her tooth to be trimmed. While I was standing at the counter to pay, another guest was there and saw the transport with Holly inside and asked if I had a small kitten in it. The receptionist glanced at me and smiled, while I told the lady what the transport had inside.

The lady's eyes got real big as I explained all about rats (Holly, in particular). How she is a dumbo eared, and that she is a rex , and why she was at the vet's office. I explained about bruxing and what it does for rats, and that people also brux (my husband has bruxism and grinds his teeth at night if he's had a rough day at work), and malocclusion (that people also have that, and can get braces for it, but rats can't have braces since their teeth grow throughout their lifetime).

Then I opened the transport and took Holly out so the lady could see her better. She OOOHHH'ed and AWWW'ed, then asked if she could pet Holly, and commented that it was the first time she had been that close to a rat or to even pet one! Then she thanked me for taking the time to explain about pet rats, and said she had learned a lot! After the lady left, the receptionist smiled and said that normally people don't WANT to know about rats, so it was nice what I did.
Thanks everyone!!! I just picked up some overtime and went stainless lol, they arrive tomorrow and then the fun begins of finally getting everything together! :D :D :D :D :D :D The babies are two weeks old today and I'll be going to the breeders within the next few weeks to have first pick from the boys :D

Now to decide to sew pads, or just cut and trim the felt  ??? ??? ??? I've seen plenty of images of both options and I'm not quite sure which direction to go in yet.

Mountaintop - it's been well over a decade since I've had any ratties, so excited to be a rat dad again! :D  ;D ;D ;D
Rat Care Corner / Re: Nutritional ketosis in rats?
« Last post by Vonda Z on June 20, 2017, 11:48:50 AM »
Thanks, BigBen! This is all very good news for me. My LDL and triglycerides have always been high but my HDL has been almost normal. I run 3 miles a day and I have tried low-fat diets and they never change my numbers at all. Docs have prescribed meds on and off, but they have usually caused me problems so I would always stop taking them and stick with diet and exercise (which hasn't worked). Recently, Crestor at very low doses has worked for me, but the insurance would make me jump through many hoops in order to get it. But now, there is a generic available, so I am on 5 mg a day. I was concerned that this higher fat diet would send my numbers through the roof and they will want to up my dosage.

At any rate, the triglycerides should go way down on this diet as I am not consuming any carbs except for those in fruits and vegetables and honey (in recipes only - I don't care for honey straight). And reading posts from others on this diet on the IBD forums, those with cholesterol problems pre diet are sometimes seeing improvement post diet. I have only been cooking this diet for a few weeks (my son is on EEN - entire enteral nutrition - formula diet - right now, so I am learning how to make the proper foods for when he comes off), but my weight has dropped down to 117 (I have averaged around 130 since having kids, with 125 being my norm after starting running). The funny thing is exactly as you have said, I have felt full during the day and don't feel the need to snack. I haven't been trying to lose weight - I have just been changing what I eat but eating whenever I want. I just feel full more often.

Hopefully, this won't hurt my son as he needs to gain weight heading into puberty, but we will see.
Rat Care Corner / Re: URGENT! Fall/Internal Bleeding: What can be done??
« Last post by BigBen on June 20, 2017, 09:06:51 AM »
That's very good news!   :thumbsup2:
Rat Care Corner / Re: URGENT! Fall/Internal Bleeding: What can be done??
« Last post by Nysander on June 20, 2017, 02:46:19 AM »
The tooth is nearly back to normal length now! It grew quite fast after it got started even though it took almost a week to get started.
It seems slightly out of alignment but not horribly. Left to right it seems fine and is right next to the other top tooth where it should be, but front to back it sticks out slightly in front of the other top tooth.
Not sure if this is something that needs to be fixed (rat braces? Lol) or if he can live with it. So far it seems he is able to brux on it a bit. Another couple of days and I should be able to tell if he is able to brux it right or if it overgrows.
Rat Care Corner / Re: Nutritional ketosis in rats?
« Last post by BigBen on June 19, 2017, 01:09:35 AM »
The presumed connection between dietary fat and heart disease has been shown lately to have been based on faulty science.  The real problem appears to be the vast quantity of sugar and refined grains that has replaced fat in the Western diet.  As long as you keep the percentage of protein in your diet the same, you can replace as much of the carbohydrate with fat as you want, with no ill effects.  When the percentages of carbohydrates and proteins in the diet are kept below certain maximum levels, the body shifts from burning glucose to burning fat as its main source of energy.  The advantage is that then you don't need to count calories, since you will feel satiated when you've eaten enough.  People with a lot of weight to lose often find that they end up eating less this way, getting the rest of the calories they need from the body's store of fat.

I've been off added sugar for four weeks now, and though I am by no means ketotic I've already tightened my belt by three notches.  It encourages me to try to reduce the other carbs in my diet now.

ETA-- From what I've been learning, it seems that the real numbers to worry about are the HDL/triglyceride ratio (the higher in favor of HDL, the better), and the amount of VLDL (very low-density lipoproteins), which you want to keep as low as possible.  The other LDL's, they now think, have no effect on heart health.
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