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Re: Recurring chest infection

Post by Zoundz on Fri Jun 22, 2012 8:53 am

Sad gasping is never good, but hopefully it's just a crash and he'll be OK Sad I'm thinking of him. Let us know how he gets on ((((((((((hug))))))))))

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Post by katherine on Fri Jun 22, 2012 9:52 am

I'm really sorry you both had to go through such a traumatic experience Sad Got my fingers crossed for him and for you! *HUG*

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Post by shanty on Fri Jun 22, 2012 11:31 am

Hi guys, thanks so much. We're back from the vet and to be honest I feel like it was €170 down the drain as he's no better at all Sad She said his heart rate went down to 76 from 96 over the course of 3-4 hours on the oxygen, but it's still so fast. And she said she tried to give him an injection which "he didn't like very much" (as if anyone likes getting injections) which I think means it didn't get administered at all. I want to stay up with him all night but I can't as I have work in the morning, so I said my goodbyes just in case. I know that's very pessimistic of me but I really am fearing the worst right now, he's not himself at all tonight and I have such a bad feeling. It broke my heart putting him into his cage as he really doesn't seem to want to be in there. He's acting weird too, kind of lurching/jumping from place to place. I'm just praying with all my heart that he makes it through the night. Thank you both so much for your kind words xxx
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Re: Recurring chest infection

Post by Zoundz on Fri Jun 22, 2012 6:44 pm

How is he today?

When he was lurching from place to place, was he still gasping? I sort of know what you mean, and to be honest, it's when we usually put to sleep, because it's exceptionally traumatic for the rat, and there's usually not great comeback from that, even if they do settle again they are usually very compromised. I hope I'm visualising this wrong though, and that he's OK today Sad

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Re: Recurring chest infection

Post by Zoundz on Fri Jun 22, 2012 7:19 pm

If he's still with you, he needs a high dose of Dexamethasone, Baytril and Myllophilline. A decent HIGH dose of Baytril (none of this 'an injection lasts three days' rubbish) - should be 20mg per kg. They will probably have some daft idea that it's a lethal injection, but it is not. Dosages for the others are 0.2ml of each.

This should see fairly speedy relief for him. Is he still eating? What does he weigh now?

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