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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

2016-09-26 The Loss of 2 Rats:

Hi Amanda,  I'm so sorry you lost both of your girls. I would highly recommend you find a vet who knows more about rats. First of all, if you were able to see or feel a lump on Gumdrop, a vet familiar

2016-09-25 Symptoms remain after treating rat with Baytril/Doxy:

Hi Anne,  A rat this age who has had chronic symptoms should be on doxy or Baytril the rest of her life to keep the myco under control. Usually one or the other works fine, and both are not needed at the

2016-09-21 Male rats:

Hi Jonny,  Lethargy in a rat is commonly the symptom of a secondary bacterial infection, with mycoplasma being the primary infection of rats. Amoxicillin is the best treatment for secondary infections

2016-09-16 rat has diarrhea (continuation):

The danger comes when they eat a lot of the Snak Shak at one time. Eating one over 1 1/2 years I guess is okay. Just keep in mind that rats can't really digest it, it has to pass through their digestive

2016-09-16 rat has diarrhea (continuation):

If the edible log is a Snak Shak, remove it from their cage as it isn't safe for rats to eat a large amount of it. The company refuses to change their label to say so, but I know of a rat who died from


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