Keeping Healthy Common Problems
Rats are generally hardy animals, but keep note that there is a variaty of sicknesses out there that unfortuneatly your rat could fall prey to. So keep a look out for any signs of the following illnesses…
Red discharge from eyes and nose-
Rats eyes should be bright and clear, alert and free of discharge. Rats noses should be clean and not runny. Seeing red discharge can be very alarming – but dont worry this is not blood. The mucus membranes in rats contain a pigment known as porphyrin and seeing porphyrin discharge can be a sign or illness and stress. See if you can pin it down to any environmental factors within your control before seeking veterinary advice.
Pests such as mites manifest in rats can lead to problems like extreme itchiness.