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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.

Natasha Millikan

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2014-10-27 Young rat acting strange, sluggish:

Hi Tierney,  The most common health problem in young rats is a secondary bacterial infection (secondary to myco), which doesn't always have respiratory symptoms. One of the main symptoms is lethargy. So

2014-10-22 Pneumonia or mycoplasma?:

Hi Morri,  These are definitely symptoms of a respiratory infection.  Based on my 30 years of experience, for a rat who is sick, no matter the symptoms, amoxicillin is the first treatment I recommend.

2014-10-22 scabby looking bump:

The bump could be any of several things, from minor, such as an abscess, to more serious.  It would be helpful if you could forward a close-up and clear photo of the bump to me.  You can attach the photo

2014-10-16 How to deal with a bully?:

Unfortunately, since your cage is large enough, you don't really have a choice other than to have him neutered if you want the boys to be able to live together peacefully again.      You didn't mention

2014-10-16 Rats wrestling...:

Completely normal :)  Most females can sense and smell when a cagemate is in heat and will play the mounting game.  Sometimes, cagemates take turns doing this to each other, and sometimes it is only one

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