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My best friend and her boyfriend have a total of six rats, but four of them live together in a large cage. They are all girls and get along very well and are about a year old. Recently, one of them, Io, has been gasping for air and while doing this making small clicking sounds. When this happens, she refuses any food or drink and can't do much else but gasp - she doesn't like to be with her sisters because the run all over her and doesn't seem able to make up her mind. This started only very recently with the large rain the flooded metrodetroit and she is now having the issue again today, after it's rained again. They use the paper sort of bedding and even when it's dusty, she never sneezes.
I have a video of her doing this if it helps to see it!

Dear Raechel,

Oh no!

I am very very sorry to be so late :( . I was ill and then I was traveling which made me ill again :(

She is very very very sick. He lungs are filling with fluid. That means she has pneumonia. She needs a vet visit and antibiotics immediately. If the vet isn't sure what to do, ask for doxycycline and Baytril.

I hope she makes it to the vet.



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Natasha Millikan


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