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Pet Rats/follow up on 2 year old rat "nena"


hi debbie

how are you. i stopped the antifungal treatment like you advice me, that same night she seems to improve, and stop feeling cold on the her tail and paws. but these 2 past days i have notice her too depressed, she only wants to lay down, doesnt run or play anymore; her breathing today is heavy, you can see her chest expand and contract with much effort and started to make like a clicking sound trough her nose while she breathes. i havent give her the amoxicilyn, i was actually looking for it, here in mexico you cant get antibiotics without prescription. i have it now, its 500mg, im using you instructions from last answer. but i would like to know, the heavy breathing and the noises while she breathe its infection or sympotms that could go away with the medication?

i hate to see her sick, it would be comforting to know if you have seen this before and its a common illness or its something worst.

althought im still getting her to a exotic vet i found here on monday.

thank you debbie

Hi Saul,
You need to get her on the amoxicillin immediately!!! That will most likely clear up her symptoms.  The most likely has pneumonia, and yes, it is very common, and too bad you didn't get her on it sooner. I am surprised that you said you can't get it without a prescription, because I personally have bought it in Mexico at a pharmacy that wrote a prescription for it right there.

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Debbie Ducommun


I can answer any questions about pet rats, but you will probably be able find answers to simple questions more quickly on my website at If you have a life-threatening emergency you can try calling me at 530-899-0605. I am not usually on the computer on the weekend.


I have been "The Rat Lady" since 1985 and am recognized as one of the world's experts on pet rats. I have 3 published books and already answer lots of questions about rats daily.

President of Rat Assistance & Teaching Society

I am a monthly columnist for Pet Business magazine, and my writing has appeared in other magazines. I have 3 published books.

BA in Animal Behavior

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