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My girl MrsTorrence was type 2 diabetic and is well on her way to a healthy
Weight  and gluten free health freak diet but it has left her with bumblefoot, her home is very clean with fresh towels and carefresh ( no woodchips) and ive been giving her epsim salt foot soaks.. please help us with any advice you may have as I would like to avoid vet chemicals and injections if we can.
Thank you!♥♥♥

I'm sorry for my delay in responding to you.  I am not familiar with diabetic rats and how treatment may be affected considering she is diabetic.  Since you provide a very clean and sterile environment for her, perhaps the foot infection had something to do with the fact that she is diabetic but that is just a thought.

I can tell you that the general treatment for ulcerative podedermatitis, more commonly known as bumblefoot.  Treatment is bery simple and consists of Trimethoprim-sulfa  for 10 to 14 days. For severe edema, Prednisone should be prescribed by a vet.  Since this condition causes significant discomfort, oral narcotic pain medication such as Torbugesic should be given as well.

I'm also including a link from the medical rat guide for a detailed description and other treatment options written by experts in medical conditions in rats.

One other important bit of information is that in some rats, podermatitis is chronic so it may be something that you will need to treat on a continual basis throughout her life.

I do hope that this information is helpful and Mrs. Torrence recovers quickly.  Please let me know if you have any other questions.

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