I received a very informative email from one of my adopters the other week that I felt important to share. Thank you Sarah for taking such great care of your rat babies!
Thanks to Sarah's diligence in investigating the root cause of Damien's sneezing, she was able to determine that her laundry soap was to blame. I will add that she was careful to rule out illness FIRST! That is important, as waiting to treat a myco flair-up could be extremely detrimental to you rat's health.
If you use fleece or other soft materials in your cages, invest in some fragrance free/sensitive skin variety detergent for your rat laundry. I use an essential oil based detergent for all my laundry, human and rodent. I also use an essential oil based cleaner for my cages in the rattery. Essential oils are safe and beneficial to our body systems, they also kill bacteria and viruses. Perhaps this should be the next blog topic.
Rat's hide symptoms of illness, and by the time WE see them, they are often very sick and should be seen by a Veterinarian as soon as possible. Remember this is the time of year, as the weather is changing, that our pets can suffer from upper respiratory infections just like we do.
Feel free to ask questions or let me know if there are other topics you would like me to cover in further blog posts.