Is your pet rat showing signs of disease or general ill-health? Before going to the cost of a vet, you can sometimes use home remedies to help your rat heal from a variety of infections, from parasite infestations, and from injury.
As rodents, rats generally have strong immune systems. Still, rats are especially at risk for respiratory issues, skin infections, protein itch, and parasites such as lice and mites. Home remedies such as coconut oil and apple cider vinegar can be used as dietary supplements or topically in order to cure many of these ailments at home.
Home Remedies: Pet rat owners have seen success with the use of hydrogen peroxide to treat wounds, apple cider vinegar as a dietary aid, coconut oil to soothe and disinfect skin conditions, and diluted tea tree oil to kill off pathogens on the skin.
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06/03/2010: Moira from Tauranga, New Zealand: "I adopted some pet rats, one of which has a severe respiratory problem. I have put her on H2O2 and I have a question. It is difficult to impossible to get her to drink it on an empty stomach. If not thirsty, they won't drink. I understand it needs to be without food. But if it is sweetened with a little honey she might be more inclined to take it.
My question: Will honey in the diluted hydrogen dioxide inhibit the therapeutic action?
She seems to be responding a bit but I could be more sure if I could give an effective amount.
As per instructions from a practitioner who uses it with humans, I am giving 50% food grade H2O2 diluted to 0.33%. That is 1 drop in 15ml water - a little under, but very close to the studied 0.45% that was successful with tumors.
Each rat then gets only about half a ml of this at a time. I try to give it to them from a syringe. It is not always successfully away from food.
Another rat arrived with a mammary tumor, (usually benign) and I am giving her H2O2 also (trying to)."Replies
03/28/2011: Gail from Wellington, New Zealand replies: "Hi there, try putting a drop of the 35 % FOOD GRADE HYDROGEN PEROXIDE in PET MILK. ( I am treating my cat this way-she was severely jaundiced to the extent she had turned yellow, skin, eyeballs, inside ears etc. She was just skin and bones, barely eating and very, very sick. Urine was dark brown, ( bilirubin-liver problems) Vet diagnosed either pancreatic tumours or lymphoma- no treatment other than palliative care, then euthanasia!
I wanted to treat her with the hydrogen peroxide therapy, but was unsure how to get her to drink enough water with the peroxide in it to benefit.
I went back to the EBOOK ( THE ONE MINUTE CURE- by MADISON CAVANNAGH) and it said ( for humans) to take the drops in milk , if you found it too unpalatable in just water.
So I put I put one drop FOOD GRADE 35% HYDROGEN PEROXIDE into a bowl of VITAPET , PET MILK ( lactose free). Gave this 3x a day on an empty stomach. ( wait one hour before giving any food) CAT DRANK IT UP NO PROBLEM!
Within 2 days, the urine had started to clear, within 7 days, the urine was completely clear. NB- this therapy seems to cause more than normal urination, which I guess is the body detoxing. So have extra litter boxes on hand. Iam changing litter boxes about 10 times a day.
Cat has a new lease on life, has a spark again in her eyes! Has resumed normal eating and is completely turned around. She continues to improve, I have been treating her for 3 weeks now on this therapy, Iam pretty sure, without this therapy, she would now be dead. I know how ill she was, which is very, very different to how she is now.
(I also put a drop of the hydrogen peroxide in her drinking water. I use PURE DEW water ( N.Z)
The hydrogen peroxide should be put in DISTILLED WATER- not chlorinated tap water, or mineral water or spring water. PURE DEW BRAND is the only water in N. Z that I found to be distilled. Available from WOOLWORTHS and COUNTDOWN - N. Z in 10 litre containers. $6.38 N.Z.
As an adjunct to this therapy, I am also giving her tincture of MILKTHISTLE ( GREENRIDGE) to repair her liver. ( This alcohol content has to be evaporated off , to be safe for cats. Place bottle of tincture-( lid off )in a double boiler and let pot boil for 20 mins. Let cool and replace the amount that has evaporated in bottle with distilled water. Keep now in the fridge. Dosage 5 drops x 3 times a day. ( either mix in food or place under the tongue with the eyedropper. ) under the tongue method does cause some drooling.
I also mix about ONE EIGHTH TEASPOON ORGANIC TURMERIC POWDER into her food ( for liver detox) and also half a 400mg capsule of CAMU CAMU 4:1 EXTRACT - DOCTORS BEST brand , available from iherb. com for VITIMIN C ( vitimin C helps the bodies own production of HYDROGEN PEROXIDE)
I will continue to treat her this way, for at least 60 days- only reference I could find was on rats, whose tumours disappeared after 15-60 days, after the hydrogen peroxide was put in their drinking water."
05/11/2011: Gail from Wellington, New Zealand replies: "Further to my original post of treating my cat with 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide - I believe this therapy works, I saw a dramatic turn around in my cat once I implemented a regime of 1 drop x 3 daily in PET MILK. The jaundice cleared up entirely within a week and cat did well. I believe that at the time I started this therapy, my cat had only a very short time left to live, probably only a week at most. I continued this regime for 9 weeks, unfortunately the cat also tried to heal herself by fasting ( animals will instinctively fast to heal themselves)
during these periods of fasting which lasted about a week each time, my cat lost all body fat and was just skin and bones, cat also declined to drink the 3 x petmilk bowls a day with the 1 drop peroxide in each bowl, so did not get enough peroxide in her system to keep the jaundice under control. I was very dismayed to see the jaundice returning. With her dramatic weight loss, it became very evident the size of the tumour inside her, which could be seen as a very large mass in her under carriage. The tumour I estimated to be about the size of a large orange. I changed tactics and started to put 2 drops of the peroxide into her drinking water ( using distilled water), she did not drink a whole bowl of water at any time, so the concentration had to be higher - hence upping to 2 drops instead of one. I refreshed her bowl of water several times during the day, discarding the water left in the bowl and giving fresh distilled water and 2 drops of peroxide, so she was getting active peroxide each time she drank. I also offered the bowl of pet milk with peroxide in it. At this 9 week stage, For some reason she rejected the milk most times, sometimes she would drink the bowl, but more often only a few laps or not at all. I knew she was not getting enough peroxide as the jaundice was returning. So I decided to make up a 3 % diluted solution of the hydrogen peroxide to spray directly onto the tumour. My theory being the skin would absorb the peroxide straight into the tumor( there was no body fat left only skin stretched over a very large tumour. The tumour could be felt as a hard mass. I sprayed the tumour 3 or 4 times a day. ( keeping the solution in a spray bottle in the fridge to keep it active) after 5 days of this regime, the tumour felt softer, had a slightly squishy feel to it and was noticeably smaller in size. DAY 6 - tumour had shrunk to the size of a mandarin. DAY 7 - tumour had shrunk to the size of a smallish button mushroom. DAY 7 - evening, my cat was very hot and floppy and was having trouble breathing, I managed to revive her , but she had a very restless night and again had trouble breathing the next morning and died later that afternoon.
I examined her body after her death ( DAY 8) and could find no tumour what so ever, it had completely gone.
Even though my cat died, I believe the hydrogen peroxide killed the tumour, but her body, in its severely weakened state ( she in effect was starving to death) could not handle the by products of tumour break down and it overwhelmed her organs causing death. Had I known about hydrogen peroxide earlier and begun treatment earlier , I truly believe she would have beaten the cancer and lived.
In hindsight, I think she had been ill for a very long time, I knew something was not right with her, but I did not know what. For want of a better word, she seemed DULL- NO PEP, NO VITALITY, not vibrant and full of life, like the other cats in the household. She was a long haired cat and was always an overgroomer and would literally vomit nearly every day. This I put down to over grooming as she would spit up huge hair logs, but on reflection now, all that vomiting was not normal and I have since read that vomiting in cats is a sign of cancer.
I have photographs of the size of her tumour and photos of its regression and would be happy to share these with anyone interested.
Blessings to all animal lovers. Gail"
12/15/2010: Dianna from Austin, Tx: "Ratties respond very well to most of the remedies you would use for yourself. ACV on the back of the neck when lethargic works well; in fact you can use the ACV on the back of the neck whenever their immune system needs a boost. VCO given almost daily can really help ratties that have allergies. A couple of drops of GSE in their water bottle will not only sterilize the water but can also help prevent respitatory infections. Ear mites respond very well to castor oil inside the upper part of the ears and if very bad to garlic oil (from capsules the smelly ones lol). Mites in general can be killed by rubbing VCO or EVOO all over the rattie for a few days. For abcesses a drop of tea tree oil diluted in VCO or EVOO and rubbed on the spot will usually dry it up - however most abcesses run their own course and the rattie will take care of them without your help. For scratches, little wounds you can put a dab of Bag Balm on them or VCO - bag balm works good for this and it is not poisonous to them... (lol) I have used it on my lips off and on for years... And my ratties always love to lick it off... Hope this helps someone! I have had ratties for over 15 years and have a lot of experience with taking care of them holistically."