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Rat Tails & Mug Shots / Re: Rattie Giving Trees are live- help a rescue- or 14!
« Last post by ratluver372 on December 28, 2017, 08:09:35 PM »
There are 13 rescues participating in the Rattie Giving Tree, which ends December 31, 2017. These rescues can use all the help they can get. ANY amount is appreciated- there are no set amounts, you can choose how much to give. You can help one, two, or 13! Many of them are 501(c)(3) and can write tax-deductible receipts!

If you aren't able to donate, never underestimate the power of sharing on social media.

Thank you for ANY help you can give!

Participating rescues are:
Charming Rat Rescue
Critter Camp Exotic Pet Sanctuary
Exotic Animal Rescue & Pet Sanctuary (EARPS, Inc.)
For The Love Of Rats Rescue
MN Pocket Pet Rescue
Mainely Rat Rescue
Our Little Rat Rescue, Inc. - Oklahoma
Rattie Ratz
Rifugio Jill Phipps
Saint Nicholas Mouse Rescue
Small Angels Rescue
Star's Rat Rescue
Tiny Toes Rat Rescue of New Mexico
Pack Rat Swap Meet - Marketplace / Re: Kat's Rat Mats is back!
« Last post by javakittie on December 28, 2017, 07:05:06 AM »
Christmas may be over, but the deals have just begun! From 12/27 to 1/5 all Holiday prints are on sale!

Rat Care Corner / Re: Injecting Baytril into Rats *URGENT*
« Last post by MinervaThonosi on December 27, 2017, 09:28:29 PM »
Sorry for you loss.
Rat Care Corner / Re: Injecting Baytril into Rats *URGENT*
« Last post by ratty von ratkins on December 27, 2017, 01:25:10 PM »
Thank you for the thoughtful responses however my ratty died during the night :( but I will keep the helpful info you provided in mind for the future.
Rat Care Corner / Re: Injecting Baytril into Rats *URGENT*
« Last post by BigBen on December 27, 2017, 01:05:20 AM »
What was the result of your vet appointment?  I would support the idea of injections, as long as the antibiotic was suitable for the purpose.  I've had rats who violently objected to oral dosing who hardly seemed to notice an injection, and a subcutaneous injection is easy to administer.  (An intramuscular injection should be fairly easy, as well, but an intravenous injection is difficult to give to a rat.)

I'm hoping you didn't have to say goodbye to your beloved boy, but however things have worked out, God bless.
Rat Care Corner / Re: Injecting Baytril into Rats *URGENT*
« Last post by MinervaThonosi on December 26, 2017, 08:11:32 PM »
I would suggest not doing so. I'm currently taking pharmacology at school. Since he has an appointment tomorrow, it would be best to just wait. Antibiotics should be taken at high enough doses and for full recommended time. If not it could lead to the bacteria that wasn't killed to becoming resistant to that drug. Injectable Baytril at that concentration is most likely too strong for a rat. Also it's meant to be injected into the muscle. When you say in the scruff I think subcutaneous injection, which is under the skin and that would burn the skin. 27 gauge needle does sound small enough to be comfortable. I've never seen a 0.5cc needle. The smallest I've seen is 1cc.
Rat Tails & Mug Shots / Re: Meet Zucchini and Rutabaga!!!
« Last post by MinervaThonosi on December 26, 2017, 07:50:24 PM »
Thanks, Mountain~  If I can actually be awake during daylight tomorrow I plan on having them all out to play while I clean. I have a big box that I'm sure they'll like. My bedroom doesn't have a ceiling light and I don't have a lamp, so without sunlight the room gets pretty dark.
Rat Care Corner / Injecting Baytril into Rats *URGENT*
« Last post by ratty von ratkins on December 26, 2017, 04:00:02 PM »
My 2+ year-old rat is suffering from a pretty bad URI to the point where giving him oral medication is no longer possible due to the stress it causes him. He is breathing heavily all day long and hardly eating. I have a tentative vet appointment for tomorrow to have him PTS. In the meantime, I was wondering whether to try him on injectable Baytril as a last ditch effort. I know it tends to burn the skin if not done right so I don't take this lightly. I have all the supplies such as the injectable 2.27% Baytril, sterile saline, and 27 gauge .5cc needles (which I hope is the appropriate gauge for rats), but I have not done injections in years and I'm very nervous. I don't feel comfortable doing this but I also feel like I should at least make an effort for my beloved ratty in the hopes that he can improve. (If there was an exotics vet in my area that did home visits for this type of thing, I would gladly pay them!) Anyway, I'm wondering if anyone has any advice on whether I should try this and if so, how to go about it. I haven't found a lot of detailed instructions online regarding injecting rats in the scruff. Thank you in advance!
Rat Tails & Mug Shots / Re: Meet Zucchini and Rutabaga!!!
« Last post by Been to the Mountaintop on December 25, 2017, 09:56:47 PM »
Rats need to work out their pecking order and I keep in mind:
No blood no foul.
Don't break it up if there's no damage being done, or there are more serious signs, including audible hissing, sideways sidling and somebody going for another's rear end or tail in earnest, as opposed to flipping each other over or going for neck or back. Squeaking in protect is OK. Screaming is not.
If you break it up prematurely, the rat with bad manners being taught a lesson or the less dominent thinks, "Wow--that move really worked! They didn't just submit they disappeared entirely!" and they have to work it out all over again.
I find it helpful to slather necks and butts with real vanilla, and drip a little over the back from above with finger flicks.
It can also help to put a BIG box open on one side, or a BIG igloo in the neutral play area. A small igloo can CAUSE fighting, but a big one can encourage them to get closer!
Good luck!
Rat Tails & Mug Shots / Re: Meet Pele My Brave Baby Girl
« Last post by Been to the Mountaintop on December 23, 2017, 05:54:32 PM »
Me, too.
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