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Justin W | 3 years ago
I Have A Rat Terrier Male That Is 24 Years Old (yes You Heard Me…

I Have a rat Terrier Male that is 24 years old (yes you heard me right) and he still gets along good and everything now, but he had been diagnosed with being diabetic and needing insulin. So they kept him overnight for 5 days and used fast acting insulin. Also gave him some plasma to make sure all was good and tests came back he is great except for being diabetic. Stated they got it to around 158-200 and that using novolin N would do the trick. Problem is this was over 3-4 months ago and his sugar is staying high with even bumping up from 2 units (every 12 hours) to 3 units(every 12 hours). Now of course the vet does not want help because they can’t find anything wrong. So, my question is do I need to use Novolin R in his case? When the vet used this type of insulin, they were able to maintain the numbers and keep them on the low side. Yet if using novolin N, can’t seem to get the numbers down at all. Any Help Appreciated!

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Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello,
I think it is important to have your vet take another close look at your pup. Diabetes at that age is not common and I would be very concerned there is an underlying reason that has not be uncovered. Look for infection, cancer and don’t forget there is often mor than meets the eye if the disease doesn’t fit the norm and the response to the disease isn’t as expected. Or ask for a referral to an internal medicine specialist. Please let us know what happens.

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James Bennecker | 3 years ago
I Have Rat Terrior That Is A Vacuum Cleaner She Has To Have Her Nose…

I have rat terrior that is a vacuum cleaner she has to have her nose looking for people food crumbs if u drop something if u leave anything low it’s gone it’s like it’s the last time she will ever eat again she doesn’t chew she swallow whole how do u get a dog to stop these things I am calling out the best dog trainer to a bet that my dog will break u before u break her dog whisperer u will retire after my dog

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2 years ago

Better management is the solution. 🙂 Keep all surfaces clean, clean, clean! If she’s getting into cabinets or onto counters/tables, keep food put away and locked up…and keep an eye on her at all times. When you can’t supervise her, gate her out of the kitchen and crate her. I would definitely encourage finding a good, balanced trainer to help you better understand your dog’s motivations and help you train her to be a better housemate, and maybe look into sports that will channel her energy and drive into something productive. I would also encourage you to make sure she… Read more »

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Ashley Pearson | 3 years ago
Is Is Possible That I Have An Untrainable Dog? And Am I Doing The Right…

is is possible that I have an untrainable dog? And am I doing the right thing? My mother in law thinks my rat terrier is a bad breed and also a bad litter. My fiancé made up his mind a few months ago that he’s just done with her and now I’m starting to feel the same way and it’s making me feel guilty. I’ve tried reward training, obedience training, training to show dominance and I’ve even tried letting her be a free range dog and still she can’t seem to understand her place in the household. In my eyes I see a dog who truly loves me and loves adventure but when we are home she just can’t behave. Here are some examples of what she does and no matter what she just won’t stop doing ; Running off, being aggressive towards guests, walking up to my cat and staring at his throat , constantly growling at cat or nipping at cats balls, throwing a fit that will last weeks if she doesn’t get human food, refusing to eat her very good quality dog food for days on end because she wants human food or treats, jumping up and scratching me and my fiancé, trying to boss me around (staring me down when I’m eating and no matter how many times we say stop she continues sometimes even outing her paw on me or when I’m taking a walk outside and I’m speaking to someone she’ll try to walk off multiple times even though I told her to stay put. Now if I’m doing something wrong please tell me because I’m lost. I’m trying to get her in order as I am order as I am pregnant and fear for my baby’s safety. I have continued showing her who’s alpha which means she only gets treats when she has a good day not an off day. She must sit and allow me to leave or come in first, she had restricted areas in the home (furniture) of were she is not to go, and if she bully’s the cat she goes straight to the crate. Since she is a dominant dog she is very aloof so I do not give her attention unless she comes to me instead of coming to her which are all things that are supposed to help. But now I’m seeing a different side of her, I’m hoping this will subside but I see that she is depressed , she also submissive pees which has outraged my fiancé. As of now she is not allowed on the furniture as she has not been behaving so earlier this morning i caught her in our bed I did not yell I just firmly and fairly told her to get off the bed and she peed, on our bedding. This is what she’s been doing for the past couple weeks sneaking on the couch and bed and when we catch her we tell her to get off and she pees on our things. My guess is that with our pregnancy even though I take my time and walk her I do not waste all my time on her anymore and I believe she may be acting out because of it. She seems to need to be the center of attention and has a hard time fitting into our family as a member. I am beyond frustrated and anything helps. Thank you

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Julie Brader
2 years ago

I very much doubt she has a “mental disorder”. do you give her human food? At any time? If you do then you need to stop, dogs can’t rationalise that sometimes they can have it sometimes they can’t. If she begs for food when you are eating pop her in her crate, don’t allow her to stare you down as you put it.. Dominant dogs don’t usually submissively urinate, has your financee got angry with her for being on the sofa/bed at anytime? You mentioned he was outraged and she will very quickly pick up on that. She doesn’t understand… Read more »

Julie Brader
2 years ago

Perhaps a visit to the Vet to check all is well would be a good idea. If your dog was found on the street you don’t know whats happened to her in the past, she could have suffered a great deal. Lots of dogs don’t get along with cats. There are ways for your cat to keep away from your dog by putting high shelves round the walls your cat can go on. Let the cat have time out in another room etc. I can see from what you have written you have given up on your dog and withdrawing… Read more »

Sarah
2 years ago

Hello- at this point, my best advice to you would be to invest in a GOOD animal behaviorist. Have you discussed these behaviors and actions with your vet? That would be the place to start. They will also be able to point you in the direction of the behaviorist.

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Lexia Ellis | 3 years ago
My Rat Is Having Brown Discharge From Her Mouth

My rat is having brown discharge from her mouth

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2 years ago

BROWN discharge could be blood. Please get her to a vet…that isn’t normal.

Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello,
I would worry about infection. Maybe also bad teeth or disease. ??

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Rebecka Connolly | 3 years ago
Hi I Have Just Discovered That My Rat Has Worms, I Got Aristopet Small Animal…

Hi I have just discovered that my rat has worms, I got aristopet small animal wormer but haven’t used it yet as I wanted to know if I can give their recommended dose with a piece of food instead of water as I have 3 rats that share the same water and I don’t want to overdose them.
And also does this worming stuff also kill the worm eggs? It says it can be used in two days, is that long enough to kill them all?

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Krista Magnifico
3 years ago

Hello,
I get so worried about over the counter dewormers. I have seen too many cause terrible diarrhea, or vomiting and in many cases the medication is either the incorrect one, or too harsh to be safe to use (especially in the young, older, or debilatated patients).
My best advice is to discuss this with your vet after they identify the type of warm. Then also ask about where the worm came from and if further treatment or precautions are advisable. I have seen pets die from otc dewormers.

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Johnny Williams | 3 years ago
I Have A Young Rat Who Has Recently Lost Weight And Has Seem To Have…

I have a young rat who has recently lost weight and has seem to have gotten a hunch back and lost energy he is very skinny and is worrying me a lot any advice

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Krista Magnifico
3 years ago

Hello,
Is there any way that you could have your rat seen by a veterinarian so they can try to provide you with some possible causes for the things that you are describing ?

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Crystal Everson | 3 years ago
I Believe My Pet Rat May Have Pneumonia. No Local Vets Are Comfortable Working With…

I believe my pet rat may have pneumonia. No local vets are comfortable working with them, due to lack of experience. She’s drowsy, weak, has a lack of appetite, won’t drink, eye discharge, and her fur is ruffled. Not to mention her very strained breathing. She makes sounds almost like monkey chirps, and breathes heavily/fast. If you could tell me for certain if it’s pneumonia, and if so what antibiotics and such we could buy her, that would be of great help! Especially since the chirping sound has moved onto the other rats

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Shiria Seelenlicht
3 years ago

Hello, respiratory problems are relatively common in rats. Several of mine had it in the past. She definitly needs antibiotics – here we usually start with Enrofoxacin or in harder cases Chloramphenicole. You woud have to ask one of the vets to get it. You could look up how much you would have to give (there are several sites that give an idea how much you would need to give to a rat) and talk with the vet about it. We also had a vet here that was inexperienced with rats. We told her what we used to do before… Read more »

Krista Magnifico
3 years ago

Hello,
I’m sorry to hear about your pet. Pneumonia is diagnosed based on history, exam and often chest radiographs. It is best treated with antibiotics. I can’t tell you what the diagnosis is without an exam and you would have to get the antibiotics from a vet. If you call around and ask you can find someone. Try local pet stores, rescues, shelters and exotic vets. Heck. Call every local vet. Someone can help you. I wish you the very best of luck

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Solveig Lind | 4 years ago
I Am Looking For Another Pet But Don’t Know What Pet Fits Me, Hi My Name…

I am looking for another pet but don’t know what pet fits me,
Hi my name is solveig I am 16 years old, I live with my parents and 2 younger siblings, I live on a small island and I own a cocktail. ( he is the only pet in the house ) i have been looking for another pet for some time now and I have been looking at scorpions and rats. I do whant a pet on the exotic side but that’s not so important. I am nott interested in fishes or anything big, I do whant a caged animal in a tank something I can look at and sometimes take out, I do have money and space but as I said I live on an island where there are no pet stores here..so is there a small or medium sized pet that eats food that Is available in grocery stores??
Any ideas will be considered, Thank you!

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Jana Rade
3 years ago

Well, since you don’t know I believe you’re not ready for a dog or cat. You shouldn’t get a dog unless you know in your heart you want one. I think you could probably consider getting a guniea pig or something like that.

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Ginger Newberry | 4 years ago
How Much Does It Cost To Own 2 Pet Rats Over Their Entire Lifetime? I…

How much does it cost to own 2 pet rats over their entire lifetime?
I am interested in owning two pet rats and I am curious to know about their health expenses. I want to provide them with the best care that I can and I do not want to limit them of receiving the home they deserve. Would I be making a wise investment or should I re think buying two rats? I currently have $250-$300 that I could spend on them but I’m concerned that it may not be enough to meet their sufficient needs. If you have any past experiences with owning rats or knowledge regarding to my concerns, it would be very much appreciated. 🙂

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Shiria Seelenlicht
3 years ago

I definitly agree with Laura – thank you for researching first. Many fail to do so and are surprised how expensive rats can get. I had rats in the past and can agree to what she said. First try to find a vet in your area that is experienced with rats and ask about their costs. The most common things I experienced with my rats were colds (needed antibiotics (ca. 20-30€ per consultation, most of the times they needed several consultations when thei got older) and tumours (needed surgery (100-150€, depending on size and location). Nearly all my females needed… Read more »

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3 years ago

THANK YOU for researching first before buying! While I do not have answers for you, I DO have suggestions. First: look for and contact a nearby exotics/”pocket pet” vet. Ask them about annual and emergency vet care costs. Second, look for forums and rescue groups on Facebook. I know in the Baltimore/DC area, we have a number of rattie rescues that are always willing to talk to prospective owners about rat care. I think your biggest initial expense will be proper housing. They need more than just a tiny hamster cage. The best rat housing I’ve ever seen was a… Read more »

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Aley Denney | 4 years ago
I Think My Dog Ate Rat Poison 2-3 Days Ago. Is There Any Thing I…

I think my dog ate rat poison 2-3 days ago. Is there any thing i can do from home to help him? He had ran off a few days prior to this and attacked a neighbors livestock so i was supposed to take him to be put down but didnt, so cant really take him to vet..

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Jana Rade
3 years ago

Was that a court ruling of some sort that you were told to put him down? Would the vet know about this? How about a different vet, then?

Krista Magnifico
3 years ago

Hello, I am sorry to hear about your dog. If your dog did get into rat poison it certainly an be fatal. The longer you wait to get help the worse your dogs prognosis is. It is helpful to know what kind of poison he ate. With this information we recommend that you call the pet poison helping and the product manufacturer to get help for your dog. In most cases we pre-emptiness stray dogs on vitamin K supplements to slow or stop the clotting problems that rat poisons kill by. I cannot over emphasize how important it is to… Read more »