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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

2014-12-18 concerend:

Hi Ebony,  I'm very sorry to hear that. The male was in with the female?  In a Critter Keeper? Isn't rat really small for 2 rats?    Anyway, what probably happened is that the female died, maybe from something

2014-12-16 Human Antibiotics to rats:

First, I don't use the term "upper" respiratory infection with rats because their lungs are almost always involved. Yes, you can give her Augmentin.  The dose is 10mg of amoxi per lb twice a day.  So,

2014-12-09 eye infections:

Hi Robyn,  This is a condition called hypopyon, and it is pus inside the anterior chamber of the eye. You can try putting her on amoxicillin to see if that might help. I don't think a vet could do any

2014-12-07 Female rat " tumors" and sores:

Hi Wendy,  Is it the tumor by her groin that has the open sore? Can you send me a picture? Chances are it is a malignant mammary tumor. This can often be treated with a drug called tamoxifen. She the info

2014-11-21 Weak rat:

Okay, I'm glad his coordination is okay. You didn't write essays! But I'm going to send you a lot of info!  Deb    The most common cause of weakness in the hind legs of a rat is spinal nerve root degeneration


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