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my pet rat is sneezing and seems like coughing too and heavy

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my pet rat is sneezing and seems like coughing too and heavy breathing what to do he seems like to sleep all the time, he eat but very littlem we try to take him to the vet but they only do cats and dogs please help? ;(
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I'm sorry to hear of this with Capuucino. Respiratory disease caused by infectious agents is the most common health problem in rats. The best understood respiratory infection in rats is murine respiratory mycoplasmosis which will present just as you've described. The primary lesion of this infection is subacute and chronic bronchitis. Frequent treatment with broad spectrum antibiotics is necessary.

Even vets who don't see rats regularly should have the antibiotic that can be helpful. You're welcome to bring our conversation to your vet and ask for a tetracycline antibiotic such as doxycycline which is dosed at 5-10mg/kg by mouth every 12 hours for at least a month or a long-acting injectable depot such as doxycycline (Vibravenos, Pfizer Animal Health) at a dose of 70-100mg/kg injected subcutaneously. If a tetracycline isn't available, potentiated amoxicillin will be. Amoxicillin/clavulanic acid (Clavamox, e.g.) is dosed at 13.75mg/kg by mouth every 12 hours for at least a month.

Unfortunately, there's no home remedy for these infections in rats. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
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Thank you for your kind accept. I appreciate it. I'll speak to you soon.

I'm going to check back with you in a week for an update. Feel free to return to our conversation - even after rating - prior to my contacting you if you wish.

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