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 www.ratfanclub.org/helpfinfo.html. 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.
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.
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I am a monthly columnist for Pet Business magazine, and my writing has appeared in other magazines. I have 3 published books.
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It is common for the hind legs of elderly rats to twitch a lot. A common problem in older rats is spinal nerve root degeneration (SNRD), which is a deterioration of the motor nerves that go to the back
Hi Jill, First, I never use SMX in rats because I think amoxicillin works much better. I'll attach more info below about that. Since the SMX doesn't seem to be helping, I say stop it. Does her ear stink?
Hi Christina, The most likely cause of this lump is a tumor. I have seen this before in a few rats. In one case I removed it and had pathology done, and it was a benign tumor, but it grew back. I decided
Hi Jenn, I'm sorry for your loss. Bonnie is probably grieving, but grief suppresses the immune system, so she is also probably sick with secondary bacterial infection. I recommend you get her on amoxicillin
Hi Elizabeth, Everyone has a different sense of smell, and some are more sensitive than others. It is your rat himself that smells bad to you or his cage? If it is the cage, I recommend trying rabbit
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