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advice on sick rat

Post by Erroneou » Fri, 06 Mar 1998 04:00:00



RABIES!!!!



Quote:
> Don't know if this is an appropriate venue for this question, but I could
> not find the information anywhere else I'd looked so thought I'd give it
a
> try.  If this is not the right venue could you please let me know what
is,
> if you know.

> My sister's rat has taken ill in the strangest of ways.  She is active
and
> eating and drinking, but seems very dizzy and can't get or keep her
> balance.  She went to the vet and he said he's not sure what is wrong
with
> her, but doubts that it is wry neck (the symptoms for which she is
> exhibiting).  He did say that her pupils don't seem to be dilating
> correctly, and one eyeball appears larger than the other to us.  He gave
> her a shot of thiamine and recommended the same daily for a week, and
also
> gave her a vitamin prescription.  Does anybody out there have any idea
> what might be wrong with this rat?  I'm not convinced it's a vitamin
> deficiency, and am wondering whether wry neck was dismissed prematurely
> and thus not treated.

> Advice and suggestions welcome and appreciated.
> Tina

 
 
 

advice on sick rat

Post by Stri » Fri, 06 Mar 1998 04:00:00



Quote:

>RABIES!!!!

No reason to start a panic and shouting is impolite!

I once worked in a pet store as a *** and at the time we had a rat that showed
the same symptoms described below-  it turned out that the rats
equilibrium(spelling?) was off because someone apparently pulled its tail too
hard or tried maybe to hold it by the tail?

Anyway a rats tail is directly connected to the spinal cord and they are very
bottom heavy so you have to be careful with their tails, they cannot be held by
the tail like mice can.  So if traumatized like this it can cause an imbalance
in their brain function.

I don't claim to be a rat expert, but I do like them very much and think they
make great pets (domestic not sewer rats!) and so have a little bit of learned
info.

Kim (Tika,Ciani,Sierra,Nosferretu,Perseus and Majyck the APBT of love)

Quote:


>> Don't know if this is an appropriate venue for this question, but I could
>> not find the information anywhere else I'd looked so thought I'd give it
>a try.
>> My sister's rat has taken ill in the strangest of ways.  She is active
>and
>> eating and drinking, but seems very dizzy and can't get or keep her
>> balance.  She went to the vet and he said he's not sure what is wrong
>with her, but doubts that it is wry neck
>> Advice and suggestions welcome and appreciated.
>> Tina

 
 
 

advice on sick rat

Post by Chris and the Snack Pac » Fri, 06 Mar 1998 04:00:00


Hi!

I agree this sounds like some kind of nervous system damage/problem.
Another possibility might be a tumor or infection behind/inside the eye.

Quote:

> I once worked in a pet store as a *** and at the time we had a rat that showed
> the same symptoms described below-  it turned out that the rats
> equilibrium(spelling?) was off because someone apparently pulled its tail too
> hard or tried maybe to hold it by the tail?

> Anyway a rats tail is directly connected to the spinal cord and they are very
> bottom heavy so you have to be careful with their tails, they cannot be held by
> the tail like mice can.  So if traumatized like this it can cause an imbalance
> in their brain function.

> I don't claim to be a rat expert, but I do like them very much and think they
> make great pets (domestic not sewer rats!) and so have a little bit of learned
> info.

> Kim (Tika,Ciani,Sierra,Nosferretu,Perseus and Majyck the APBT of love)



> >> Don't know if this is an appropriate venue for this question, but I could
> >> not find the information anywhere else I'd looked so thought I'd give it
> >a try.
> >> My sister's rat has taken ill in the strangest of ways.  She is active
> >and
> >> eating and drinking, but seems very dizzy and can't get or keep her
> >> balance.  She went to the vet and he said he's not sure what is wrong
> >with her, but doubts that it is wry neck
> >> Advice and suggestions welcome and appreciated.
> >> Tina

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