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Debbie Ducommun

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returns 05/10/2016

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.

Experience in the area

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

2016-04-20 Need answers sick rat:

Hi Jennifer,  I'm so sorry you haven't been able to find a vet that knows anything about rats. I agree with you that it sounds like she has a pituitary tumor. It is not common for a female with a PT to

2016-04-15 Burst eye:

Hi Louise,  As long as she is acting okay, you don't have to euthanize her. A burst eye can heal on its own. What medications are you giving her to treat her respiratory symptoms? See the info below on

2016-04-11 Very Sick Rat:

Hi Jennifer,  I don't think you said how old she is. The therapeutic dose for ibuprofen in rats is actually quite high, 60 mg/lb twice a day, so I find it hard to believe that one lick of the baby Motrin

2016-04-06 rat has one squinty eye, otherwise seems fine:

Hi Laura,  I think the squinty eye might just still be from some irritation or swelling associated with the scratch. The usual cause for a problem with just one eye, which you often see as persistent porphyrin

2016-03-31 new rat owner qustions:

Hi Tiffany,  Clindamycin is absolutely the wrong treatment for a young rat with sneezing. Obviously this vet does not know much about rats. I bet he hates the medicine because it tastes really awful! You


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