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Debbie Ducommun

I can answer any questions about pet rats, but you will probably be able find answers to simple questions more quickly on my website at If you have a life-threatening emergency you can try calling me at 530-899-0605. I am not usually on the computer on the weekend.

Sandra Beasley


New to AllExperts as of December 03,2006. I'm looking forward to helping you with your Pet Rat questions. I've had experience in all areas of care so I can answer questions on wild rats, the history of pet rats, training and behavior, rats in the media (care books, fiction, movies, on the internet), Holistic care as well as health issues, breeding, sexing babies, types of rats, colors of rats, general care, food and treats, cages, bedding, toys and entertainment, etc. I cannot possibly know everything about pet rats but I have some very reliable resources to help me answer your questions. I cannot answer questions on genetics. I still go by phenotype to identify my rats. My website: Sandra Beasley and the Spaz Rats

Irene Murphy

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I can answer a variety of questions regarding adoption and care of pet rats throughout their lifetimes, including questions about their health and well being, temperment, diet, bedding, cages, toys, etc. I will try to answer your questions to the best of my ability in a timely manner and I have an abundant amount of resources to help me to help you with your pet rats. I love rattie pictures, so include pics with your question if you can. You may ask me medical questions, but please be advised that I am not a vet. I may use my resources to answer some medical questions, however, I will need to refer you to your local vet with medical questions that I feel I am not qualified to address.

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2015-06-30 amoxicillin dose for my rats:

Hi Mayson, thanks for the pics.  Your ratties are adorable!    The reddish stuff is called porphyrin and is a sign of stress or illness, or stress due to illness.  Ideally, you want to give Baytril for

2015-06-28 Cookie the blind rat:

Hi Karrell,  The people at Petco are absolutely wrong!  Rats almost always care for cagemates who are handicapped. By all means go ahead and get her a cagemate. Get another girl rat about her size or smaller

2015-06-28 Blind rat:

I absolutely agree that no rat should live without a companion.   Rats are very social creatures and enjoy company of their own kind, no matter how much time you spend with her.      That said, I understand

2015-06-25 Sudden death of rat:

Hi Charlotte,  I'm so sorry for your loss. The sudden death of a young rat is most commonly caused by a sudden severe bacterial infection. Sometimes it comes on so quickly you don't have time to notice

2015-06-22 diarrhea:

Diarrhea can be caused by a temporary upset in the intestinal flora (good bacteria in the intestines) which can be treated with probiotics (good bacteria for the intestines).  Yogurt containing active

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