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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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My rat Murph has one very swollen and painful foot. swelled

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My rat Murph has one very swollen and painful foot. swelled up in a very short period of time. Not able to find a vet to see him until tuesday. what can I do until then?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Pet
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Aloha! You're speaking to Dr. Michael Salkin
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. If you've examined Murph's foot and didn't find an obvious wound, I'd be concerned that Murph suffered a fracture which usually is caused by the foot becoming entangled in the wire of a cage. There's little to do unless the fracture is compound and requires surgical intervention but you can administer aspirin to rats at a dose of 50-75 mg/lb by mouth every 4 hours. The aspirin should reduce the swelling while being analgesic as well. You'll need to crush and powder the aspirin into water or a tasty broth and then administer it by eyedropper.
Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin