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@  Tails : (18 August 2017 - 12:16 PM) Hi Caryn, thanks so much for that. I must also update the banners and such to the new hosting. Will get to it this weekend xx
@  Caryn : (16 August 2017 - 12:36 PM) It really does work exactly like Photobucket :) I will do a quick "how to" post on the forum now on how it works if that'll help anyone
@  Rattieroos : (15 August 2017 - 06:40 PM) Hey all, I have tried the new photo thingiemabob and managed to load one pic! It doesn't seem to accept pics straight from the device.. only URL's I just tried a random pic from photo bucket and it came through?? So now I'm confused.
@  Rattieroos : (10 August 2017 - 07:44 PM) Thanks ladies *hugs*
@  DiscoMoose : (09 August 2017 - 06:11 PM) thanks Caryn. will check it out! I wanted to go looking for one but did not have the energy to research it...
@  Caryn : (09 August 2017 - 04:25 PM) For those who are looking for an alternative site to upload photos to the forums. Here is one that works in the same manner as Photobucket did https://imgbb.com/:)
@  lollyh : (07 August 2017 - 10:31 PM) thank you caryn,roos & moosie.i really appreciate the condolences. *hugs* .i am so sorry roos about emo.poor boy. :bigeyecry:
@  DiscoMoose : (07 August 2017 - 02:41 PM) So sorry about Emo Nikki. Still so sad. And sorry about your gran Lolly! That is really sad... so much love to you and yours right now...
@  Caryn : (07 August 2017 - 07:10 AM) Sorry you had to say goodbye to Emo :ratsad:
@  Rattieroos : (06 August 2017 - 07:06 PM) I had to say goodbye to my grandpa Emo on Tuesday morning. He had a bad stroke on Monday night and didn't even wee or poo overnight, couldn't do anything. Had to let him go :cry:
@  Rattieroos : (06 August 2017 - 07:04 PM) Sorry to hear about your gran Loll :ratsad:
@  Caryn : (05 August 2017 - 08:43 PM) Oh no, I'm so very sorry :cry: Condolences to you and your family :ratsad:
@  lollyh : (05 August 2017 - 05:37 PM) Thank you caryn.My gran passed away on thrus & I am not well amongst other things.its just been a rough time. :ratsadlook:
@  Caryn : (05 August 2017 - 04:22 PM) *hugs* What's wrong? :(
@  lollyh : (05 August 2017 - 04:05 AM) Hey all.i need a hug right now. :ratsad:
@  lollyh : (31 July 2017 - 12:22 PM) thank you roos & caryn. my nougies.she has good days & bad days.her chest is sounding better.hardly a squeak & hasn't gasped since day 2 of meds but when she actually takes her meds :rolleyes: .she has gotten so clever she just point blankly refuses them & food that goes with it. :banghead: i've tired everything.her hld have gotten worse.:ratsadlook: but on her good days.she takes a slow shuffle around the bathroom.she still has a very healthy appetite thou..
@  Caryn : (30 July 2017 - 10:31 PM) Sending tons of :goodvibes: to Peaches!
@  Rattieroos : (30 July 2017 - 08:50 PM) Hey Peaches is having her tumor removed tomorrow. Please send goodvibes. Can't get ont the forum now
@  Caryn : (26 July 2017 - 08:45 AM) Definitely best to get her to a vet and have her checked out. As I mentioned to Rattieroos as well, that choking type behaviour can also be pain related. So important to get professional advice.
@  Rattieroos : (25 July 2017 - 09:02 PM) Thunder choked on Sat and it went on for over an hour! We were so scared but all the sites we looked up said to leave them to work it out themselves unless over 4 hours then take to the vet. Apparently they can choke for up to 12 hours.. being over 2 yrs when he seemed to be over it, i let him sleep the rest of the day and since then he's been completely fine. I know it was choking though as he pulled his ears back while gagging and then had a lot of saliva and bile to try wash it down. His whole neck and chest were sopping wet. He didn't make a noise at all though. Lolly Nougat sounded more like a respiratory thing, gasping for air. If it happens again, try a normal asthma pump and take her to the vet. They don't gasp when choking, so bit worried. Let us know how she's doing.

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Good morning Ratanoogians or (Bad morning)

 

For those who didn't follow the post , On Sunday I went to go pick up 2 rats who were advertised on Gumtree,The paln was that they would go to Settican if all was well. The sight that greeted me was one of pure horror. Perhaps the worst case of neglect I have seen ever with rats. One PEW who looks like he will be fine as soon as he gets onto a healthy diet and gets good regular baths and his skincare gets sorted out . The other one Felix is just skin and bone with a long standing case of Myco. He seems blind in both eyes and very weak

 

 

I have Felix on Doxy/Baytrill for the myco but he is completely emaciated. He still eats quite well and gulps up all the veg he can stomach. I have him on some natural remedies aswel and I am taking care of his skin

 

Any advise one care would be greatly appreciated

 

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This is the other one Alex

 

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Shame :( How could people be so cruel?!?!

 

I would reccomend some (Just a little bit) scrambled egg to stars bulking him up. It's easy to eat and does have quite a lot of protein so too much isn't good but it really helps keep condition on them (I gave it to the two pregnant does and their weanlings in my care and they thrived on it.)

 

Futurelife porridge is also great and is fortified with vitamins which might help give him an immune boost.

 

I give my boys kiddies vitamin drops in their water and that also boosts their immune systems.Also try giving him protexin or live probiotic culture yoghurt. It will help restore a good balance of flora in his gut and the yoghurt is also a nice treat and great to get meds into them.

 

Also maybe treat him for parasites? Maybe he has worms and that's stopping him from getting all the other nutrients he needs. If he is struggling to put on weight though and the other rat seems fine, maybe it's a medical condition like diabetes? In which case he's have to go to a vet.


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Do you know how old the rats are? Felix looks like a rat with renal failure. I have had quite a few rats who started looking like that around 18 months old and they get progressively worse but can still run around and be happy for several months. They get a sucked-in waist, you can feel their ribs but often if they had a bit of a belly then that stays for quite a while. I will take pics of my oldies later to show you for comparison. If it is renal failure, my vet suggests cutting out animal-based protein from the diet. As for his skin, it looks like he has buck grease (orange spots) which is normal, especially in older rats if they don't groom properly. With the spots, my best guess would be protein sores, from a diet too high in protein. A lot of people just feed the rats sunflower seeds and dog biscuits, both of which are high in protein. A normal healthy diet should sort him out if that's the case. Some studies have shown that you shouldn't mix medicine with natural remedies because some natural ingredients (like rooibos) can affect how the antibiotics work. So I would suggest only using one or the other. Or at least doing the natural remedies in the morning and antibiotics in the evening (or vice versa).

 

Keep up the good work and I hope these guys flesh out soon.


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I would suggest the Coconut porridge I have up on my Facebook page it's high in energy and fat which will help bulk them up and also give them the energy their bodies need to start healing. It has worked really well in the past week for 2 of my sickly rats. It smells great so they will tuck in.

 

Please make sure to use the organic variety. The ingredients last a really long time since a little goes a long way. I am totally bought over by this recipe as it's completely GMO free, wheat free, preservative free and you know what is going into it unlike cereal.

 

The great thing about coconut is that its nourishing, it helps with skin ailments, helps coat health, it kills bacteria, helps fight infections so it really is very good.

 

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CaptainRat you know my FB page I would suggest taking a read on everything I have up on there. If you have any questions just PM me, . I can also help out with some remedies since we both live in CT. Also I can also give you some natural lice and flea removal that won't harm them.

 

Let me know what I can do. 

 

Edit: you are doing a great job and this is hectic. We are lucky to have people like you in our community! Keep us posted on the little dears. 



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Oh geez!!  That is so bad.  I feel so sorry for the poor babies.  I actally felt a pit in my stomach when I saw Felix.  Get him on ensure or the coconut porridge and hope he gets better soon and keep us posted.



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Hey Ratanoogians

 

Thanks a million for the suggestions I will definitely use all the advise given, I have few tricks up my sleeve but have never dealt with neglect or health issues on this scale

 

I have started the de-worming process on Sunday and for the skin I have them on Aloverox Gel and clay powder in within 2 days there is a visible difference already and they seem a lot more "clean" I got this advise from my animal communicator / natural healer and it has worked wonders for my ratties in the past

 

I am going to stick to the "real" medicine for his myco and slowly introduce the natural stuff. I forgot about the Rooibos combating the prescribed medicine so thanks for the heads up. I have no idea how old they are .... very old would be my guess .

 

They (esp Felix) has taken a liking to cooked butternut. Their diet before hand and the bag of pellets I was handed was your run of the mill hamster mix. So old and stale it had those little bugs running inside, I actually stop along the road and threw it out on a field for the birds.

 

I have moved them to the Reggie Rat and normal rat mix I get from my local petshop for dry food.

I am keeping cooked veg in the cage so that the two can eat it as and when they please. I put some in yesterday morning and when I got home after work not a morsel was left.

 

Olive leave in the water and a drop of Sandle wood on Felixs'es chest to help with the hard breathing.

 

I do appreciate all the advice and tips and promise to report on this as often as possible , In fact I will do a separate post on them and their progress to keep you'all in the loop


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