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There is a 3rd event going on which ends TOMORROW night, March 22:
 Enter to win 2 coupons for bags of Carefresh
via Carefresh:
Adopt a Guinea Pig Month Giveaway
It's Adopt a Guinea Pig month and we want to celebrate! Post a picture of your small animal (not just limited to Guinea Pigs) in the comments for a chance to win coupons for 2 free bags of carefresh bedding! 💚#AdoptaGuineaPigMonth
https://www.facebook.com/CareFRESHPets/videos/vb.491877454189491/818373541852529/?type=2&theater


For the Carefresh Gives Back program, you can nominate a rescue in the US or Canada. It is preferred if the rescue has 501(c)(3) status, but, if they do not, Carefresh will look into them on a case-by-case basis.
https://www.healthy-pet.com/carefresh/gives_back


Also, please note that we have received several rescue registrations back since my first post, in case anyone would like a rescue suggestion to nominate for the Carefresh Gives Back Program:

​Any Rat Rescue, Scottsdale, AZ
Best Friend Rodent Rescue, Everett, WA
*Central Texas Rat Rescue, Pflugerville, TX
*Charming Rat Rescue, Regina, SK CANADA
Critter Camp Exotic Pet Sanctuary, German Valley, IL
Flower City Critters Small Animal Rescue, Rochester, NY
For the LOVE of Rats Rescue, Walker, LA
Mainely Rat Rescue, Falmouth, ME
​MN Pocket Pet Rescue, St. Paul, MN​​
Our Little Rat Rescue, Oklahoma City, OK
Philly Rat Rescue, Philadelphia, PA
*Pittsburgh Rat Lovers Club & Rescue/ Rat Nation of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Rattie Ratz, Clayton, CA
Saint Nicholas Mouse Rescue, Virginia Beach, VA​​
Small Angels Rescue, Inc., Frederick, MD
Star's Rat Rescue, Winner, SD

*Non-US 501(c)(3)

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*501(c)(3) rescues are preferred BUT if a non-501(c)(3) rescue is nominated they will look into it!

Also, please note that we have updated registrations for 2019 from:

Flower City Critters Small Animal Rescue
Our Little Rat Rescue
Star's Rat Rescue
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TWO different events at Carefresh!
via Carefresh:

#1: Nominate a rescue to win Carefresh bedding and coupons PLUS get a $5 coupon
NEW carefresh Gives Back
A donation program dedicated to helping rescues and small animal adopters provide the very best care!
Nominate your favorite rescue and a feature rescue will be chosen from nominations every two months. The chosen rescue will receive FREE carefresh bedding and coupons to give out with adoptions.
Plus, when you nominate your favorite rescue, you will get a $5 carefresh coupon!**
**You will receive an email with a link to print your coupon within a month of nominating a rescue, only one coupon will be sent per email entered 
https://www.healthy-pet.com/carefresh/gives_back

#2:  Enter to win a year's supply of Carefresh
Submit a NEW review for any carefresh bedding directly on PetSmart.com or Petco.com and you will be entered to win a YEAR's SUPPLY of carefresh bedding!*
How to enter:
Submit a review for any color of carefresh bedding that you use or have used in the past on Petsmart.com and/or Petco.com. You will receive one entry for each review submitted between now and March 31st, 2019. You do NOT have to actually purchase your carefresh bedding from either of these retailers to post a review.
Send us a screenshot of your review(s) or the email confirmation you receive from them to marketing@healthy-pet.com or by Facebook Messenger on facebook.com/carefreshpets.  Reviews do not show on their sites right away, so be sure to get a screen shot before you submit or refresh. We are not responsible if your review is not posted or you are not able to get a screenshot or proof of review.
*We will choose ONE Grand Prize Winner to receive 12 FREE bedding coupons and ONE 2nd Prize winner to receive 6 FREE bedding coupons to redeem at the carefresh retailer of your choice.
Winners will be notified by April 5th, 2019. U.S. & Canada residents only, 18 and over are eligible.
Review on Petsmart.com 
https://www.petsmart.com/featured-brands/carefresh/
Review on Petco.com
https://www.petco.com/shop/en/petcostore/brand/carefresh

If you do not have a rescue in mind, the rescues that are currently registered with The Travelin' Rat in 2019 are as follows:
Any Rat Rescue (AZ)
Critter Camp Exotic Pet Sanctuary
For The Love Of Rats Rescue
Mainely Rat Rescue
MN Pocket Pet Rescue
Philly Rat Rescue
*Pittsburgh Rat Lovers Club and Rescue/ RAT NATION OF PITTSBURGH
Rattie Ratz
Saint Nicholas Mouse Rescue
Small Angels Rescue

*I have emailed to find out if nominated rescues need to have 501(c)(3) status and will update this post as soon as I hear back. Members of these rescues can still nominate another rescue and get the $5 coupon plus they can write a review (or 2!) to try to win a year's supply of Carefresh!
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Rat Tails & Mug Shots / Re: Please help me with a "like" or two!
« Last post by ratluver372 on March 20, 2019, 03:18:12 PM »
Oh man, missed these replies! Thank you so very much gramma2jaakk and Been to the Mountaintop!
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Rat Care Corner / Re: Metacam Doses?
« Last post by Michael C on March 03, 2019, 01:16:39 PM »
I'm not a vet and dosing is complicated and there's some important terminology involved. I'm gonna over-explain for clarity.

MG: This is a unit of measurement for mass. It refers to how how much of the drug is in your medicine.

ML: This is a volume measurement for an amount of liquid.

KG: This is the unit of measurement for your rat's weight. There are 1000 grams (g) in a kilogram (kg) so the conversion is really easy. 600 g = .600 kg.

MG/ML: This is the concentration of medicine within a liquid. It refers to how many milligrams (mg) of medicine are in each milliliter (ml) of liquid. I believe the metacam you're using is 1.5 mg/ml, meaning there are 1.5 milligrams (mass) of medicine in each milliliter (volume) of liquid. Mass is the amount of matter an object contains, while volume is how much space it takes up.

MG/KG: This is the dose. It refers to how much medicine to give your rat based on their weight. The dose refers to how many milligrams of medicine to give your rat per each kilogram of their weight. Being that rats weigh less than a kilogram, it requires some math (or a dosing calculator) to help figure out the fraction. The RatGuide recommends somewhere in the range of .5 to 2 mg/kg for metacam. This means your rat will get .5 to 2 milligrams of the drug for each kilogram of their weight. Sometimes the recommendation is in lbs. instead of kg but you can google a mg/lb to mg/kg calculator to convert the numbers. 

Now we have to use all of these numbers to figure out how much liquid medicine to give. I think of it like sugar in a glass of water. If I mix 1 teaspoon of sugar into a glass of water and I want to consume a total of 1/2 teaspoon of sugar, I'll drink half the glass. If there's only 1/4 teaspoon of sugar in a glass, I'll need to drink two full glasses to get the 1/2 teaspoon of sugar.

Here comes the math part. The calculator linked above will help a lot. To use as an example, let's go with a dose that's exactly in the middle of the RatGuide's recommendations and say 1.25 mg/kg of metacam. We know your rat is about 600 grams or .6 kilograms so for a dose of 1.25 mg/kg, we'd want to give him .75 mg of medicine (1.25 mg/kg x .6 kg = .75 mg) -note; this number is amount of medicine we want to give but the amount of liquid you'll give will be dependent on the concentration of the suspension- If we want to give the rat .75 mg and there are 1.5 mg in each ml of the suspension, we'll give him .5 ml of liquid (.75 mg / 1.5 mg/ml = .5 ml). This is pretty close to what your vet recommended. Doing the math backwards, it looks like your vet is dosing him at 1 mg/kg, which is basically in the middle of what's recommended.

Using the dosing calculator for a 600 gram rat and 1.5 mg/ml metacam, below is a range of doses from weaker to stronger based on RatGuide's recommendations;

.5 mg/kg    = .20 ml (weakest)
.8 mg/kg    = .32 ml
1 mg/kg     = .40 ml
1.3 mg/kg  = .52 ml
1.5 mg/kg  = .60 ml
1.8 mg/kg  = .72 ml
2 mg/kg     = .80 ml (strongest)

tl;dr: Refer to Ratguide and use a dosing calculator.


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Rat Care Corner / Re: Metacam Doses?
« Last post by MaatAset on March 03, 2019, 10:20:28 AM »
Because we couldnít leave our stitches alone, we got a cone of shame added yesterday. Here we are sitting in the corner of the cage, moping and contemplating how horrible life is and hoping to guilt mom into taking the terrible contraption off.

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Rat Care Corner / Metacam Doses?
« Last post by MaatAset on March 03, 2019, 10:15:21 AM »
My boy rat went through hernia surgery on Wed and started removing stitches. Though he didnít exhibit usual signs of pain, I was told to give him the pain meds I had from a previous surgery (from a previous vet) to help reduce inflammation and irritation so it may not bother him as much. I donít recall ever giving my rats more than like .2 of this stuff before and she wants me to give him .4 of the 1.5mL suspension (Iím breaking it in half, twice a day). He makes weird little noises after I give it to him though and it kind of weirds me out. I donít want to be giving him too much. He is a big boy at about 610kg. I need to weigh him to get his exact weight post surgery, but he is about 600kg.

Mostly, I want to know how do I calculate his dosage myself (like seriously dumb it down). And does this dose seem too high for about a 600kg rat?
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Rat Care Corner / Re: Tumors!
« Last post by gramma2jaakk on February 27, 2019, 01:55:18 PM »
 :thumbsup2:
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Rat Care Corner / Re: Tumors!
« Last post by catemonster on February 27, 2019, 09:07:25 AM »
Her name is Lucabara. Luca for short.i havenít been here in a long time. Iíve asked a few Facebook groups too just wanted to get all the info I could. Thanks for your help! 😊
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Rat Care Corner / Re: Tumors!
« Last post by gramma2jaakk on February 27, 2019, 08:58:09 AM »
Hello, and welcome!

I've had several of my girls with mammary tumors. Some I decided to have removed, but others weren't, because of the girls age. A tumor is a fairly easy surgery, but there are risks involved, just like with any surgery. You'll need to be sure your vet treats exotics, and is knowledgeable in tumor removal. It may also be a good idea to get your girl spayed as that will reduce the likelihood of more tumors developing. It can be a bit pricey for the surgery, but if you can't afford it out-of-pocket, ask your vet if they offer Care Credit. It is a credit card that can only be used for medical issues, like vet visits (some dentists, pharmacies, doctors, and a few other places also accept Care Credit for the humans!). Tumors can get quite large, and will make walking difficult for your ratty, and if left untreated (removed) may get large enough to be painful, and the skin covering the tumor may split open.

Ok, I've given you about all I can think of regarding tumors. There may be others along who know more. Good luck with her! And if you have pictures of her, we would LOVE to see her! What is her name? These forums seem to be quiet lately, not many of us come around here much these days, but we're always looking for more pet lovers who love their fur-babies!

EDIT: Haha! And NOW I look at your profile and see you joined in 2012!!
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