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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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2015-11-17 sneezing:

Hi Dawn,  Four times a day doesn't really sound bad enough for amoxicillin, but you could give it a try. It can't hurt. See the below info.  Deb    Based on my 30 years of experience, for a rat who is

2015-11-15 Rats and Protein (specific question):

Hi Alyce,  Rats need a certain amount of protein, just not too much. Rats are omnivores, not vegans, and in the wild they kill and eat any small animals they can. However, they only need about 14-18% protein

2015-11-10 Help with Speckles mum:

Hi Laura,  I recommend getting her on amoxicillin. Sounds like she might have a serious secondary bacterial infection and amoxi might be the only thing that can save her.  See the info below.  Deb    Based

2015-11-04 Respiratory infection:

Hi Charlie,  Yes, it is possible that the shot is already helping John feel better. You really need to call your vet to find out exactly what shot he got and what antibiotic he is on, although probably

2015-11-02 breathing issues:

It is very important for rats who have had chronic respiratory symptoms to be treated with antibiotics for extended periods of time. It is not good to keep putting them on and off antibiotics as that can


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