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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

2015-02-23 bloody bulging eye:

Hi Erika,  This is definitely not a PT. Bulging eyes is a rare symptom for a PT, and it is always both eyes. (It is a side effect of the PT stimulating the thyroid gland.) I don't know if this is glaucoma

2015-02-20 Older sick rat with abcessed tumor:

It looks malignant, but doesn't look like a mammary tumor. However, tamoxifen might help for other types of tumors as well. See this article    Yes, pain can

2015-02-19 Older sick rat with abcessed tumor:

Hi Shannon,  I'm sorry your old girl has problems. It could be her mammary tumor is malignant. Can you send me a piture? Tamoxifen can work well to shrink malignant mammary tumors.    Yes, CHF is likely

2015-02-13 sudden aggression in female rat:

Maybe you can train her to be less aggressive if you give her a timeout in a small bare cage every time she is. The problem is that you won't always be there.     Spaying is not high risk as long as the

2015-02-09 sudden aggression in female rat:

Hi Skye,  Some female rats become aggressive as they become more mature. How old is she?  She will probably need to be spayed to reduce the aggression.  Deb


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