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Rat Mortality

November 25, 2008 | By robbin w. | 3 comments

Kira (left) Dax (right)

I have had many rats in my past and I find that they don't live very long. A few of mine have died from Upper Respiratory Tract Disease. Has anyone else had this problem? If so how do you prevent such an occurrence?
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Crystal C.
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Crystal C.
5 years ago

Mycoplasmosis is VERY common in rats. So common, in fact, that every single rat has it at birth. It isn't so much as how to stop them, but how to prevent them. If your rat was from a local pet store, chances are they will have the disease from being in such a tight living space. The best thing to do is make sure they live in an environment with lots of airflow, give them REALLY good food. I recommend food from here www.ratnutrition.com/order.html they have everything a rat needs and nothing they don't. Add a little dog kibble to their diet. I use Nutro Natural Choice Lite dog food. Keep their home at a steady 70 degrees plus. Never let it get below 65 degrees! And make sure you have bedding that isn't pine wood shavings! I use Yesterday's News mixed with Care Fresh. If you do all these things then it will lower your chance of your baby getting a URI and help them live a bit longer. My rats live as long as 3 1/2 years!

BanjoPants
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BanjoPants
5 years ago

If your rats are continuously suffering from Respiratory diseases you're going to want to either 1) check the people/store you're buying from, 2) to prevent the issue go to a vet (some people recommend having them quarantine your rat for a few days to prevent future occurrence). Your vet can provide quality care and medication to prevent future respiratory diseases in your rats... 3) make sure your rats are in well-ventilated places, and away from smoke and/or cedar.

Oh! And before I forget to mention, sometimes the vet visits will be paid for by the store you purchased your pets at depending how quickly you go! Or check out the ASPCA/Humane Society in your area and they can help give your pets care really cheaply...

Also, if your pet is bleeding from anywhere, it's possibly another version of their respiratory disease or an infection :(

Hope I helped!

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