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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

2016-02-10 rat clucking sound:

Hi Alyson,  You can buy antibiotics yourself to give them. Noises that are the symptoms of a respiratory infection can come and go, but if they only make them when they are out with people, it might be

2016-01-27 Aging rat:

Okay, good job!  If it's going to work the symptoms should improve within 2-3 days.  If it does work you need to continue the treatment for at least 2-3 weeks.  If it doesn’t work then you need to try

2016-01-26 Aging rat:

Are you sure you can't find it in locally in a feed store or pet shop?  The others you have to get from a vet.    When you mix up the amoxi according to the info I sent you, the dose is 0.3 ml/lb twice

2016-01-26 Aging rat:

Hi Usha,  I'm sorry to hear Wilfred is sick. This is not normal aging. He might have a severe secondary bacterial infection, so I recommend getting him on amoxicillin ASAP. See more info below.    It's

2016-01-21 breathing issues:

Hi Lyndsey,  What strength is the amoxicillin tablet he is on? You might need to increase his dose. I would also recommend he be put on either doxycycline or Baytril too to fight mycoplasma. Amoxicillin


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