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hello, I am a PhD student running some tests on pregnant rats. I noticed frank vaginal bleeding in one of the female rats 3 days after mating and I had to separate it from the others. please could you offer an explanation for this; and if possible offer any references for similar occurrences. Thank you.

Ojulari Lekan Sheriff.

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Sheriff, can you please e-mail me at spazrats@yahoo.ca

I have forwarded your question to a few of my Pet Rat groups to get more info for you.

It is not fully understood what type of rat you are using for the experiments? Lab Rat like the Sprague Dewey, or Pet Rats???? Lab Rats are suppose to be free of the Mycoplasmosis bacteria that causes so many problems for our pets. So the answers are from Pet Rat keepers. Our rats are prone to Myco.

The general consensus among the rat groups is suspicions as to what kind of experiments are you doing on these rats, and why she has not been taken in to be seen by a vet????

Possible reasons for vaginal bleeding: Pyometra (uterine infection), Urinary Tract Infection or Cystitis (blood is coming from an irritated bladder), Mycoplasmosis Infection, or Cancer. All of these can kill the rat. Solution, stop the experiments and get her to the vet. Rats hide their illnesses very well, by the time you see illness, it is usually too late to help them.

Myself and one other response had rats die of Pyometra, unresponsive to antibiotics.

Myself and many others have had rats with Bladder problems, relieved with antibiotics.

No one believed that it might be a miscarriage.  

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I HAVE BEEN TAKING A LEAVE OF ABSENCE FROM ALL EXPERTS due to illness in the family.

New to AllExperts as of December 03,2006. I'm looking forward to helping you with your Pet Rat questions. I've had experience in all areas of care so I can answer questions on wild rats, the history of pet rats, training and behavior, rats in the media (care books, fiction, movies, on the internet), Holistic care as well as health issues, breeding, sexing babies, types of rats, colors of rats, general care, food and treats, cages, bedding, toys and entertainment, etc. I cannot possibly know everything about pet rats but I have some very reliable resources to help me answer your questions. I cannot answer questions on genetics. I still go by phenotype to identify my rats. My website: Sandra Beasley and the Spaz Rats http://spazrats.tripod.com

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When I first got into keeping rats as pets in 1997 I delved head-long into learning everything I could find on them. I continue to educate myself on every aspect of rats and rat keeping.

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