Some suggestions for your sick rat
Myco affecting your rats and what to do
Betadine (Povidine is another brand) SOLUTION ( not scrub) is a good thing to keep on hand, for wound cleansing and flushing.
You can get a small 4 oz. bottle in a drug store. It is a basic iodine solution. To use it for wound care, mix with tap water
to the color of WEAK TEA.
Don't use it full strength. Get a wound flushing syringe, or a 5 ml syringe with a teat cannula
on the end, from your vet, to use to flush the wound. It can be rinsed, air dried, and re-used.
aspirin makes a good pain medicine, also good as an
anti-inflammatory to reduce swelling in cases of sprained feet, legs
and ankles, or even broken legs. If there is no wound, and no bones are sticking out, the treatment of choice is to isolate
in a small cage, rest, and aspirin for 5 days...then allow it to heal on its own. They do heal very well. Splints do more
harm than good, since rats will immediately work hard to tear them off, and may make the broken leg worse than it was. Of
course, if bone is sticking out, your rat will need surgery of some kind to repair it. Pain control is an important key
to any of these injuries...with pain control ( which is the humane thing to do anyway) the rats are less likely to bother
the injured site.
Dose for baby aspirin...1/4 aspirin twice a day for small ADULT rats like females,
under 400 grams...1/2 baby aspirin twice a day for big squashy males over 400 grams. Grind it up and give in baby food or
flavored syrup, since aspirin is so bitter.
Alternatives to Baytril
1. Grapefruit Seed Extract in water
2. Psittavet (sold mainly for birds)Doxycycline
Aromatherapy to kill airborne Infections?
1 ounce (30ml) bergamot essential oil
1 ounce (30ml) lavender essential oil
(30ml) eucalyptus essential oil
1 ounce (30ml) distilled water
Combine all oils in a
glass bottle. Add 10 to 12 drops of the
essential oil blend to 1 ounce of distilled water and shake well. Use in a diffuser.