Pet Rats/sneezing

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We just brought home baby rats from a breeder, and two of them are sneezing. The breeder told me it was just adjustment stress. I'm wondering if all of them would need to be treated if one is sick. we have four. We are relatively new rat owners, and were not told by the breeder to keep them separated for a while. Getting them from a breeder I assumed they would be healthy. The one baby's sneezes are wet I felt it on my face. Now I'm worried sick.

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First, I would be cautious with a "breeder" telling you there is no need to quarantine any new rat you bring into your home. Secondly, I would agree that it takes several days for rats to get used to the sights, smells, and sounds of their new home and its not uncommon to have sneezy rats for a few days. Monitor them for a few days. If they seem otherwise healthy, are active and eating/drinking normally, I wouldn't worry too much.  

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Shawna Laufer

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Nutrition has always been an interest of mine as well as creating stimulating environments for rats. I conduct product reviews on my blog so I can take questions regarding products marketed or intended for rats. Other questions regarding basic husbandry, feeding, grooming, and other pet rat care will be accepted. I have very little breeding experience so I would not be able to answer much in the ways of breeding or genetics questions. I can help with some basic health care questions but am not a vet and always suggest contacting your vet for serious inquires.

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I have over 13 years of experience with pet rats, having worked in several pet stores, as a veterinary tech assistant, and with my own pet rats. I run a highly regarded blog on the subject of pet rat ownership (www.ratwhisperer.net) with a corresponding YouTube channel and Facebook page. I have been and always will be open to questions and comments.

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A photograph of my lady rat's cage is being published in Worth Publishers' college textbook "How Children Develop, 4e" by Robert Siegler, Judy DeLoache and Nancy Eisenberg on the subject of how complex, stimulating environments and how they relate to the brains of rats.

Education/Credentials
I have some college experience, but not in the field of animals. I completed the majority of an at-home Veterinary Technician course which I was unable to complete due to financial reason. The majority of my knowledge on rats have come from personal experience, conducting my own research with the help of published medical studies and journal, the internet and through other knowledgeable 'rat people'.

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