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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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Kellilyn08/27/14101010Thanks so much for all your help .....
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Recent Answers from Debbie Ducommun

2014-08-25 My rat rocks back/ forth [not swaying]; what is going on?:

Hi Greta,  I'm not sure what this could be from, but whenever there is something wrong with a rat, I recommend starting amoxicillin, in case the cause is a secondary bacterial infection.  See the info

2014-08-13 help identifying leg injury:

Hi Kellilyn,  I'm sorry to hear about your boy's injury. Seems like if the hip was dislocated, this is something the vet would have discovered. I wonder if the vet would be willing to do a recheck for

2014-08-10 Introducing new males to females?:

Hi Amanda,   If your cage is big enough, you can certainly adopt a couple of neutered boys.    BTW, maybe if you tell your vet that I am not a vet, and I do spays all the time, it would encourage him to

2014-08-06 rats breathing:

Hi Lyndsey,  Here is some info you can discuss with your vet.  Deb    Based on my 30 years of experience, for a rat who is sick, no matter the symptoms, amoxicillin is the first treatment I recommend.

2014-07-18 rat foot:

I do not recommend amputation. It just tends to cause more problems than it solves. Did the hind leg paralysis come on gradually or suddenly? Maybe a chiropractor could help. See more below.    Also, be


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