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My Rat Is Sick

Know the signs of a sick rat.

By Audrey Pavia
Posted: March 31, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT

Healthy rats are active and interactive pets, and they breathe without effort. A healthy rat has a clean nose free of discharge, and droppings in the cage are firm and round. A shiny coat is a good sign that a rat is well cared for.

A number of warning signs indicate that a rat may be unhealthy and in need of vet care. The following signs all warrant a trip to the vet:

  • Pale eyes
  • A dull coat
  • Lethargy
  • Aggression
  • Wheezing
  • Diarrhea
  • Patchy fur or bald spots

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