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My was bitten by a rat. He is 'lethargic

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My ***** ***** was bitten by a rat. He is 'lethargic
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I don't know if you got my question. It said it could take 8minutes. Nothing has happened.
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 year ago.

Welcome and thanks for asking your question. I am sorry the expert you requested is not available. My name is***** am a licensed veterinarian. I am happy to answer your question today. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.
There may be a slight delay between your follow ups and my replies as I type out a thorough reply for you.

1- How long has this been going on?

2- Any swelling or oozing it the bite?

3- How old is Zeus?

4- Any vomiting, diarrhea or coughing?

5- Is he eating and drinking?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It was 2 days ago. He is eating little and drinking a little. He started showing these symptoms yesterday. He is going to be a year old in 2 weeks.No swelling or oozing.
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 year ago.

1- Any other symptoms?

2- Can you take a look at his gums and see if they are pink or pale?

3- Can you take his rectal temperature?

4- Can you describe the appearance of the bite?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I have an oral thermometer. Can that be used for his rectal temperature and if so what is a normal rectal temperature? . I can't see the bite. It's on his snout. He is wheezing a little
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 year ago.

Yes, you can use an oral thermometer in his rectum. To take a rectal temperature this is what you can do:

1- Lubricate thermometer tip with ky jelly, vaseline or soap and water.
2- Insert thermometer in rectum about 1 inch and gently press tip up against rectal wall.
3- Wait a minute or until it beeps.

Please, let me know, I will be on stand bye. Thanks.