Last Modified on May 03, 2016
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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Posted by Jen (Sharpsville Pa) on 10/15/2013
My 3 yr old rat got a terrible upper respiratory infection a few days ago. She was on her last leg. She lost a ton if weight and quit eating and drinking. Everything I read said that there's little I could do for her. I didn't give up. I decided to make a medicine for her at home because I couldn't find a vet to treat her. I remembered reading about goldenrod tea for upper respiratory issues in humans so I gave it a try. I used about a tablespoon of dried goldenrod from my yard and steeped it for about 5-10 min and added 2 tbs of honey. I fed this to her through a medicine dropper every few hours for two days. Now she is running around and eating on her own. She has no more symptoms if illness at all. I also force fed her Peanutbutter mixed with honey as well. I'm so happy she pulled through. If I hadn't done this I'm sure she would've died two days ago.
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Posted by Moira (Tauranga, New Zealand) on 06/03/2010
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).
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Posted by Dianna (Austin, Tx) on 12/15/2010
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.
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