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Rats metabolize NSAID's quite quickly yes, hence the need for a split dose 12hrs apart.
The fact that they are exhibiting signs of pain means that it isn't enough. It should be dosed twice daily, at an amount suitable for the rat's...
One drop of metacam is a rather pathetic dose, I am genuinely surprised it has been prescribed so low.
Don't use a cage with a plastic base...
I am only aware of one person in the whole country which has a half wild or fully wild line, and that's me, so it's not a common decision.
Rats bond quite easily with the person who hand rears them, even with minimal handling, and most become far too tame to release.
What sexes are they and how old? Any other details? I do have space here for a few.
Rats do not need to chew anything hard to control their incisor growth, they brux, which does the same thing.
Mine don't live in cages, they are in converted 50L and 64L RUB boxes with mesh panels and mesh lid to hang hammocks from the top.
I keep multis, and breed a nice friendly pet line of them. Pictures are here :)...
I am close to Manchester, Appley Bridge (near Wigan) to be precise.
Please don't. No animal is 100% predictable, and it only takes a second for serious injuries/death to happen.
Did you not necropsy her to see what it was?
Sorry to put a downer on it, but the average age for rats is only 22-24 months.
Um...hate to point out the obvious...but you do realise that a urine doesn't come from a rat's vagina, it comes from the urethra, i.e a different...
I think the mass is not connected to her collapsing. I think you are looking at 2 issues here.
If you need sources or more info, any literature and papers which explain why Bacteriostatic drugs ie Doxycycline, and Bactericidal drugs i.e...
Baytril and Doxycycline need to be given at least an hour apart as they effectively cancel each other out otherwise.