Thread: Sick Rat. :(
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Old 06-19-2017, 09:05 PM   #2
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KS, I'm very sorry. I had pet rats for years and also treated them in veterinary practice. Two things about rat pneumonia: 1- they often develop it only when they're older or sick with something else, so it's an uphill battle to get well again. 2- their most common type of infection is more resistant to antibiotics than the human equivalent. So, the prognosis is often not good. Don't think that this is your fault in any way; as you say, these little guys are masters at hiding symptoms. If you can take her into the bathroom while you have a hot shower, the steam may help (but no more than 15 min at a time, so she doesn't overheat).

I wish you both the best - JZ
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