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Discussion in 'Rodents' started by Winchester, Aug 4, 2009.


  1. Winchester

    Winchester PetForums Member

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    I went to take my rats today and I noticed that Simon looked like he had a few bright red scabs on his eye. I've noticed this on his nose before, but I thought it was just the heat. Now I see it worse on his eye, and I'm getting kind of worried. Could this be just from wrestling around?
     

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  2. MerlinsMum

    MerlinsMum PetForums VIP

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    Heya, When you say scabs, do you mean like a few loose bits, like we might get "sleep" in our eyes? If so, then that's normal for rats... Their tears and snot are naturally reddish: this red coloration is known as porphyrin. Is Simon a red or pink-eyed rat? Sometimes these varieties produce a bit more porphyrin than others.

    If the discharge from the eye is accompanied by other signs, such as a closed up blinking eye, swelling, wateriness or discharge running down to the nose, and/or if the rat is sneezing a great deal with a lot of mucus from the nose, then you need vet help. Often these signs can be the first stages in an infection.

    If it's just a few specks then there's really no need to worry. Sometimes the specks can get stuck in the fur and seem like scabs. When rats really wrestle and fight it's unlikely they'd damage the eye area on one another, so I suspect it's normal eye 'sleep'.

    If you also find scabs on the neck and chest area then they may have mites - also common in rats especially the pink eyed varieties (I always found they have more sensitive skin than darker colours) - easily cured by a specific rodent 'spot on' treatment available from pet shops, look for the Beaphar brand, or if in doubt consult your vet.

    Hope this helps :)
     
  3. Winchester

    Winchester PetForums Member

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    Yeah it comes off within the next day, and he has black eyes. My other pink eyed rat usually gets a reddish nose but that also goes away quickly.
    Thanks for the help :D
     
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    It's polyphorin and it's perfectly normal :)

    Peace
    Akai-Chan
     
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