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Rats in Australia need homes January 01, 2005 7:53 AM

Crosspost from rodent rescue group on Yahoo. Thanks for considering.

From: Caren <>
Subject: [rodentrescue] Accidental Litter
Date: Sat, 01 Jan 2005 06:46:14 -0000

I'm in Melbourne, Australia. I currently have 3 baby rats (one is 3 weeks old and female, the others are one week old, they're both probably male pews.)

All the rodents are free, as long as I can come and inspect to make sure they won't end up as snake food.

Email me if you're interested.

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Awwww January 04, 2005 4:36 AM

Awww! I love baby rats. Just to say.  [ send green star]
Hmm January 07, 2005 8:33 AM

Where did all the rat people go? Don't forget us!  [ send green star]
Forget you? January 07, 2005 10:48 AM

Never! I'd never forget you! I need to write down the email addy for this site so I can copy everyone on important rat things I learn. Or if there isn't one specific addy for the group, I'll just have to copy and paste. You know, 1st grade kind of stuff!

I lost Hyde and Lexie recently - I had to let them go before they started suffering too much. Lexie had wry neck and resp illness - Hyde was turning blue / purple - not enough oxygen in his blood. Miss them both.

I also have 8 new babies thanks to a pregnant rescue I took in. They are all PEWs and I can't tell them apart! Momma Rose (their mom) kept rejecting one by putting him in her food bowl. A wet nurse at a pet shop raised him and they are both home with me now. His name is Noel for the holiday. I also have 3 additional males from the rescue. They all need homes except Noel, Momma Rose and Florence Nightingale, the wet nurse.

Happy New Year!

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Hi Cindy, I am sorry about your two losses!!!! January 07, 2005 10:58 AM

Hi Cindy, I am so very sorry that you lost two of your rats.  How big are the babies and what all needs to be done for them?  I have never had a rat myself but, I think they are just darling.  If you would rather reply on that is fine as I am sure there is a lot of things that you want to tell me on how to care for them incase I am able to help you.  Love, Dawn  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Hmm January 12, 2005 1:37 PM

Aww, your poor babies! I need some advice; my lil' ratties keep sneezing and I've got them antibiotics from the vet twice, but it hasn't done anything... any suggestions?  [ send green star]
Hmm January 12, 2005 1:38 PM

Nooooo Dawn post here! Please; we need some posts! Let's keep all rat boards active for the ratties!  [ send green star]
Catriona January 12, 2005 6:03 PM

Sorry I haven't been more "regular" with my posts. I've been struggling with a change in my medications.

Catriona - are your rats sneezing a lot or just from time to time - maybe as an expression of frustration or happiness? If they sneeze a lot or if there is any porphyrin staining or lack of appetite - get your rats to the vet. Sneezing is a sign of an upper respiratory illness and they need antibiotics. URIs can lead to pneumonia which is very hard to fight.

For antibiotics, Baytril (enrofloxacin) is a good start. If the rats are older, your vet might suggest combining with Doxycycline. I've successfully treated MANY rats with URI with these meds.

How many rats are in your mischief? (That's the name for a group of rats!)

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Hmmm.... January 12, 2005 6:09 PM

Looks like I didn't read your post completely!

If the antiobiotics your vet prescribed don't work - try the ones I suggested (or the UK equivalent).

Also, sometimes rats need a month or more of treatment. You can ask your vet about pulse therapy with the antibiotics or just continuing the ab's for as long as it takes for the sneezing to go away.

And - it can be allergies, too. What kind of litter are you using? Is your house closed up tightly for the winter? Lots of dust can accumulate in a closed house. Try a humidifier or a nebulizer. (Nebulizer requires Albuterol and possibly Gentocin - prescription meds.)

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