She is an animal in my care. She will not suffer if I can help it. They basically put her in a box and pushed oxygen into it which was pretty cool.
I've seen a few potty training videos. For the most part, my guys only go in a certain corner or on their wheels. Some of the young ones poo everywhere but eventually they get it. I'm not super worried, aspen is very safe, just didn't want to risk it for a sick girl.
Post by Corvidophile on Oct 18, 2015 16:04:41 GMT -5
I can't keep track of whether when you say "rat" you mean ASF or Norway, so I'm not sure what Flora is, but I hope she pulls through. This advice is for if she's a Norway rat: Respiratory issues are unfortunately so commonly a lifelong problem once they get hit hard, I've had several who had to be put on lifelong doxycycline doses after they kept being taken again and again by respiratory infections. It's a gentler bacteriostatic antibiotic, but not usable in a breeding rat.
Post by FerretsnFalcons on Oct 18, 2015 16:05:54 GMT -5
Hi Desiree, I'm so sorry about your rattie, I hope she gets better soon. Did the vet say what kind of pneumonia it was? My first pair of rats had mycoplasma pneumonia, and in my experience it is very hard and costly to manage, and in the end it just got worse and worse until there was nothing more to be done. It is a horrible bacterium, and one that practically all rats have because it keeps getting passed on from rat to kits in the womb. The only way to get a mycoplasma free rat would be to get one from a lab that breeds strains of resistant rats. Symptoms include wheezing, gasping for air, sneezing, lethargy, and increased porphyrin (red pigment) around the eyes and nose. It's normally treated with Baytril, and some say echinacea can help. Anyway, I hope this is just a different, acute form of pneumonia that will go away with antibiotics. But watch out for mycoplasma in your other ratties, the prognosis is best when you catch it early. All the best to you and your whole prey project!
Hey guys sorry about the long absence. Between Flora's sickness and I am out of state on a contracting job, I didn't have a lot of time to check in.
Flora is a norway rat. I will always call my Asf's asf's and my norway rats, rats.
She is doing better. I'm almost positive it was myco. She has a head tilt but does seem to be getting better. We are keeping an eye on her. I don't think we will be breeding her unfortunately. She will stay with me until I retire her sister and adopt the girls out. I am hoping for Fauna's sake, that we can keep Flora going. The girls have only been separated to breed, they have been together since birth. We have extra antibiotics if we need it.
As if we need another sick animal, our male breeding quail was scalped by the females. WARNING EXTREMELY GRAPHIC PICTURE BELOW
This is pretty common, but I have never seen it this bad. We are going to try to save him. He is inside with us at the moment. He will be put with another group of females later on. He is taking a much needed break.
On a better note, I am doing a trade with another girl for three of her rats, for three of mine. One is a beautiful dark eyed himalyan to go in my siamese group, a capped blazed black boy and this gorgeous beautiful girl below to go into my blue lines.