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I have a hairless rat and she has been fine until this morning, I could tell she was moving slower so when I picked her up she feels almost cold to and her skin is not as thin feeling as usual. And she's not wanting to eat. Is there anything special I can do to help?

Dear Sarah,

Emergency trip to the vet. Lethargy indicates life threatening infection. Keep her very warm and get fluids inside her. If she has friends at least one should accompany her to make it less stressful.

Try this vet finder to find a good vet. You will need to call to see if they take rats.



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