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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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returns 08/12/2015
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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2015-07-29 Mycoplasma, lice and Skyller:

Hi Chinue,  A rat that young does not usually have symptoms of mycoplasma yet, but will have a secondary bacterial infection. I'm glad the Cosumix helped her because in many cases the antibiotics in that

2015-07-25 PLEASE HELP ! Unsure what to do:

Hi Chinue,  What looks like hiccups is a sneezing jag caused by the mycoplasma respiratory infection. Sometimes they make an audible noise, but not always. The reason I know this is because lab rats, who

2015-07-24 Follow-up: Re: cage&cats:

Seems like the scent ought to fade eventually. And rats who are afraid of cats can get used to them and their scent and get over their fear. You'd just have to see how it goes. Maybe try a product that

2015-07-24 My pet rat has a weeping tumor:

When you say on her side, like under her arm? Because that would be the closest place to the side where a mammary tumor is likely to grow. You might want to read the section about malignant mammary tumors

2015-07-24 Cage brought home-nervous behavior...:

Hi Anne,  Well, this is certainly different from the usual questions I get!  I'm not sure I've heard of anything quite like this before. I wouldn't think the smell of a guinea pig or chinchilla would be

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