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Help! April 27, 2005 4:32 PM

Gwenys' back foot got caught in the top door hinge of the cage, and she shreeked ! She dangled for a moment in just her little foot, but I got my hand under her, and lifted her up(She bit me in fright, but not hard, the poor little dear ) Now her foot is swollen, but there was no bleeding. She doesn't react to me touching her foot. I'm thinking she's maybe sprained it, and want to take her to the vet in the morning. The rest of the evening she's been running around and playing as if nothing happened, but I'm awfully worried still. Would it be silly to take her to the vet?

Terese

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Oh Dear Teresa! April 27, 2005 6:54 PM

It would not be silly to take her to the vet, but...I've been through this before myself and I can offer my experience to you!

First - I know how horrible that sound is and how frightening it is to see them get hurt. Just remember rats are very resilient and recover quickly from things like this!

Second - I had a rat with a broken leg once (my fault - big mistake trying to put two grown males together) and it cost me $200 to find out that they couldn't do anything about it. And this was at Alameda East Animal Hospital - the star hospital from Animal Planet's Emergency Vets. It can't be set, it can't be splinted, you can't cast it - they just chew at all that stuff and make it ten times worse!

Third - if she's already getting around pretty well, there's a good chance she'll be okay. You can ice it if you can get her to hold still long enough. It's not easy but it's a good idea.

Keep an eye on it, make sure it doesn't get worse. It will likely take a few days for the swelling to go down unless you can ice it.

Watch her behavior - if she acts funny, slows down, stops eating, etc., definitely call the vet.

Give Gweny a big kiss for me!

Cindy

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P.S. April 27, 2005 6:58 PM

Oh, and I forgot one thing...take a deep breath and rest easy! This is probably just the first of many mishaps your Gweny will get into and most of them will be very minor!  [ send green star]
 
Thank you Cindy April 28, 2005 4:24 AM

This morning Gweny is just as hungry, playfull and cuddly as always, and I have the impression that all is well. The swelling is not as bad as last night; I have had a good look at her foot. She's climbing around and showing no difference in behaviour at all, so I think I'll just keep a close eye on her. But it's heartbreaking to see her get hurt, and I didn't sleep well last night at all because I was so upset*bigcrying* But I'm better now to, and for support and advice

& Terese

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Gwen April 28, 2005 6:45 AM

I'm so glad Gwen is doing okay! They're just like your children, aren't they? Except more resilient...thank goodness

Cindy

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Hmm April 28, 2005 12:31 PM

Yes... that squealing sound... the rat cage is in my bedroom, and I woke up to that at 2:00am in the morning once. Poor lil ratty Dash had his leg caught in the cage and had broken it trying to get it out. Anyway, we eventually got it unstuck, and I gave him a long cuddle to get him out of shock. But he's fine now!  [ send green star]
 
Catriona April 28, 2005 4:24 PM

Oh!, Catriona, how awfull Thank goodness he's okay now Yes, thet squeeling is so heartbreaking. But how did his leg get fixed? Did he have an operation?

Terese

...Gweny's all good now

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