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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.

Irene Murphy

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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2016-05-21 Please help!! My little boy has an infection after surgery and also a deep abscess.:

Yes, you can give the amoxi along with the Terramycin. 475 grams is just over 1 lb.    Most rats like banana, melon, grapes, cherries, avocado, meat baby foods and cooked meats and fish, sweet flavors

2016-05-21 Please help!! My little boy has an infection after surgery and also a deep abscess.:

Hi Nay,  I'm so sorry your boy is having this problem. Making the neuter incision near the penis is just such a bad idea, and is not necessary. Abscesses do tend to be common after neuters, but are usually

2016-05-20 Wood Rat:

I assume this is a Norway rat as they are most common in the US.  Is his coloring agouti?  Meaning a grayish fur coat where each fur strand is tri, gray and white?  If so, he is a Norway

2016-05-11 Yellow Skin:

Hi Lucy,  I'm so sorry to hear you lost Pippin. I'm sure you are missing him terribly. Yellow skin is a classic sign of liver failure, and unfortunately, in rats there is not much you can do to treat it

2016-05-11 Whats wrong with my rat Buggie:

Hi Gina,  I'm very sorry Buggie is so sick. Obviously your vets don't know anything about rats, so you ned to find a better vet. Check the vet referral list on my website at If you

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