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Rat is lethargic, not eating, cold, and having trouble walking...help!?

Rat is lethargic, not eating, cold, and having trouble walking...help!?

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Posted by:  viktorlee
Post date:  April, 2011

What can I do to help her? She had mites and I noticed she started losing weight. I treated her for the mites as soon as I noticed her getting lethargic and she seemed to be doing better as soon as she got a good bath and some meds on her. I was feeding her dog kibble and high calories foods to try to get her to gain some weight. She seemed to be doing well and then today she seems horrible! She has always been the weaker or the babies and not as good at climbing or jumping so the mites really affected her. Her cagemates are fine and didn't even really have mites when I treated them. She is very weak, not eating or drinking, not cleaning and not moving around so well. I have been trying to feed her baby food/pedialite with a dropper but she barely eats or even tries. She is sort of cold so I have been keeping her against my tummy to keep her warm. I know if I can get her to eat she'll bounce back since the only problem was she got weak from the mite. Anything good to feed her to help or that I can do to make her recover quicker? I know it is mean to say, but I won't take her to the vet because many here don't specialize in small animals OR they will charge me a bundle to basically do nothing at all and tell me to try to give her fluids/stuff I already know. A vet won't do anything besides tell me she is dying. Every time I have taken my rats to the vet I have gotten a huge bill for them to tell me what I already knew. If it was a infection/respiratory problem I would take her. They can't force feed her what I already am, which is Ensure/avocado etc. I've owned rats for SEVEN years so I know what I am doing. I just wanted some suggestions that might help. And thank you very much she is slowly recovering though I do have to be the bad guy and shove a dropper down her throat to make her eat. She is regaining some strength. The mites got to her badly and made her very anemic and weak.

Answers

1. It sounds like there is something wrong beyond just mites. External parasites only really affect the outside of the rat, mainly the itching of the skin. But if she is weak, cold, and losing weight, there must be another underlying problem. Honestly, a good rodent vet would be the only thing to do here, but if you don't have access to one that is understandable. Since you can't identify or diagnose her yourself, there is nothing you can do. Just keep taking care of her the way you are I suppose and hope for the best. I hope she doesn't have mites anymore though? One tip for cold rats, try rubbing her with your hands or massaging her skin. This helps get blood flowing and heart pumping, and will warm her through her own body. Also, I would avoid baths all together. If she is dirty, wipe her with a damp cloth, no soap, and dry it right after. But unfortunately, from my experience, whenever a rat suddenly goes down hill quickly, she is nearing the end of her life. Just care for her for the time being, and when she passes, just be glad that you have done everything you could for her and she is finally at ease.
Posted by:  Sapien
Post date:  January, 0001
2. It sounds like there is something wrong beyond just mites. External parasites only really affect the outside of the rat, mainly the itching of the skin. But if she is weak, cold, and losing weight, there must be another underlying problem. Honestly, a good rodent vet would be the only thing to do here, but if you don't have access to one that is understandable. Since you can't identify or diagnose her yourself, there is nothing you can do. Just keep taking care of her the way you are I suppose and hope for the best. I hope she doesn't have mites anymore though? One tip for cold rats, try rubbing her with your hands or massaging her skin. This helps get blood flowing and heart pumping, and will warm her through her own body. Also, I would avoid baths all together. If she is dirty, wipe her with a damp cloth, no soap, and dry it right after. But unfortunately, from my experience, whenever a rat suddenly goes down hill quickly, she is nearing the end of her life. Just care for her for the time being, and when she passes, just be glad that you have done everything you could for her and she is finally at ease.
Posted by:  my own pavement
Post date:  April, 2011
3. You need to find a exotic vet asap and clear out medical problems as why shes acting like this. Right now fill a water bottle with hot water wrap it in a paper towel to help her warm up. You can go buy plain vinela ensure, powdered baby formula, and lab blocks, 1 Scoop of baby formula, 2 table spoons of crushed lab blocks, and some ensure might perk her up.
Posted by:  Rainbow19
Post date:  April, 2011
4. TAKE HER TO A VET ASAP! That is NOT normal behaviour for a rat, or any animal at that. She is obviously deteriorating, and it is YOUR job has her owner to help her, and a vet is what she needs.
Posted by:  Alexandria R
Post date:  April, 2011

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