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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.

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I have been "The Rat Lady" since 1985 and am recognized as one of the world's experts on pet rats. I have 3 published books and already answer lots of questions about rats daily.


President of Rat Assistance & Teaching Society


I am a monthly columnist for Pet Business magazine, and my writing has appeared in other magazines. I have 3 published books.


BA in Animal Behavior

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Recent Answers from Debbie Ducommun

2017-01-17 Over-sedation:

Hi Mike,  I'm so sorry for your tragic loss. I can only answer your questions if I know the type of sedation or anesthetic the vet used for him. Rats should only be anesthetized with gas anesthetic, never

2016-12-29 Accident:

Her problems might just be caused by injury and swelling and might start to get better by tomorrow. If not, as I said, I recommend a chiropractor.    The best soft food to give her for a few days is yogurt

2016-12-29 Accident:

Hi Vanessa,  I'm sorry your rat had an accident. Yes, you should certainly give her food and water. She might need soft food, and she might need your help to eat. If she can't eat out of a dish, she might

2016-12-26 Mycoplasma:

Sorry I didn't include that info.  If it does work you need to continue the treatment for at least 2-3 weeks.  And give it twice a day.    In most cases a probiotic is not necessary. It is rare for a rat

2016-12-26 Mycoplasma:

Hi Linda,  You don't need to go to a vet when you already have those antibiotics. That's all a vet could do anyway. You want to try the amoxicillin first, and if that doesn't cause improvement within 2-3


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