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 www.ratfanclub.org/helpfinfo.html. 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.
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Hi Marissa, It can be normal for the penis to have some black or brown pigment in a ring. It would probably be good for you to check him frequently to see if he is keeping himself clean. Gradually
Hi Sherry, I'm so sorry your boy is sick. The good news is that the right antibiotics can start working immediately, and often you see significant improvement in just a day or two. I'm very glad to see
Hi Anne, Unfortunately, I think spaying would be the best thing to do, although I understand your reluctance. It could be she has an ovarian cyst that is causes her hormone change. But, I see you live
Hi Lu, Mammary tumors do not seem to cause any discomfort, so there is no need to euthanize her at this point. You can actually let the tumors get huge, so big that she can't even move around any more
She should be spending most of her time on the nest, crouched over them, keeping them warm. If she isn't, you might need to put her in a small carrier so she can't really get away from them. Could be her
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