Pet Rats/Pain


My little love Olev has had respiratory trouble for most of her life. She is probably about 1 and a half years old now. Her cagemate Mohvi has responded well to treatment but nothing is working for Olev. It has been a long time since she had been able to play or run around and cause mischief, and now she is falling over and getting very thin and looking constantly dazed. I'm terrified that she is in a lot of pain. I don't want her to suffer. Is there anything I can do at home to ease the pain? Can she have motrin or anything that humans can have? Trips to the vet are stressful for her and never seem to do any good. At this point I just want her to be comfortable.

I'm so sorry your girl is hurting and that she's had to suffer for so long.  I hate to tell you that her new symptoms of falling over and losing weight are not good.  She may have had a stroke, or perhaps she's just succumbing to her respiratory illness, or perhaps a number of other illnesses rats can get.

Yes, you can definitely give over the counter painkiller, namely Infant Ibuprofen.  I will detail the dosages below.  If you do notice that she is going downhill quickly and begins to show severe signs of illness (such as severe lethargy, stopping eating and drinking, sitting hunched in a corner), you should consider having her put to sleep as those severe symptoms are signs that death is near and she would surely be suffering at that point.

If you notice her having trouble breathing, there are a few non-medicinal things you can do to help open up her airways.  Offer her small bits of very dark chocolate, and also take her into a very steamy bathroom for 15 to 30 minutes and repeat when symptoms return.

Here is the dosing for Infant Ibuprofen, based on her weight (weight is in grams so you'll have to translate her weight into grams).  Be sure you measure her weight correctly by buying a small kitchen scale if you don't have one that measures in grams in order to give the proper dosage.

Here is the dosing chart:
INFANT Ibuprofen -  50mg/125ml Concentration
Calculated Dosage at 20mg/kg<p> </p>Give with food to avoid Gastric Distress , can be given every 6, 8 or 12 hours..

This is a mid-range dose:
800 grams          0.4 ml
750 grams          0.37 ml
700 grams          0.35 ml
650 grams          0.32 ml
600 grams          0.3 ml
550 grams          0.27 ml
500 grams          0.25 ml
450 grams          0.22 ml
400 grams          0.2 ml
350 grams          0.17 ml
300 grams          0.15 ml
250 grams          0.12 ml
200 grams          0.1 ml

I hope your Olev can recover from this.  It's so hard to watch our little ones suffer.  I'm sending healing vibes her way.  I am here if you need any more help.

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