In this article, we will be taking a look at the best rat mycoplasma home treatments available that you can use to your advantage to try and get your pet rat back to full health as soon as possible. With rats steadily increasing in popularity as pets we have also noticed an increase in rat owners reaching out for advice on their pets.
Before we get started we would like to stress that a rat suffering from Mycoplasma Pulmonis has the best chance of survival when prescribed medication from your local veterinarian! Although your pet rat may get better using the suggestions in this article, the chances increase when done hand in hand with prescribed medication.
Although rats can have Mycoplasma Pulmonis their whole lives without any serious issues, here are some symptoms to keep an eye out for:-
- Squeaky sneezing, it is slightly higher pitched than your rat’s regular sneeze with a shorter duration.
- A red or brown liquid (Porphyrin) building up around your rat’s eyes and/or nostrils.
- Severely reduced or lack of appetite.
- Refusal to drink water.
The Best Rat Mycoplasma Home Treatment Available
Now that you know what to look out for, let’s take a look at steps that you are able to take to improve your rat’s condition and make it more comfortable.
Humidify The Air
Investing in a cheap humidifier and placing it near your rat’s cage can help assist it with its breathing. It is a surprisingly cheap, simple, and quick way to help your pet rats situation.
You can set it up by your rat’s cage before you go out to work in the morning and have it humidify the air around the cage all day.
We have seen some rat owners advise that you add some aloe to the water before turning it on but we do not recommend that you do this. Aloe can be an irritant to your rat’s nose, especially when suffering from respiratory issues so be sure to just use regular water.
Use An Anti-Inflammatory
Something like ibuprofen can be used to help reduce any inflammation in your rat’s lungs and help it breath easier again.
Although we are unable to offer any official guidance on the amount of the tablet to give to your pet rat, we have seen reports that 60 mg/lb can help but ALWAYS consult your local veterinarian. This chart also offers some advice on medication dosages for rats too.
We have seen reports of rat owners sourcing stronger anti-inflammatory medications from various websites online such as prednisone or dexamethasone and administering them to their rats themselves. We never recommend you do this as the strength of the medication can vary between suppliers and calculate the required dose can be difficult.
If you want to use anything stronger than simple ibuprofen then seek assistance from your local veterinarian.
Remove Dusty Bedding
Due to Mycoplasma Pulmonis having a direct effect on your pet rats respiratory system, removing any other possible respiratory irritants can help aid with recovery.
Switching your rat’s bedding over to a high-quality dust free bedding is highly advised and can make your rat more comfortable during recover and avoid additional respiratory system irritation.
Although there are a number of suitable bedding materials out there, we recommend Kaytee Clean & Cozy as it is 99.9% dust free and already has a number of happily satisfied rat owners using it without issue.
Improve Your Rats Diet
Although it seems like common sense, many rat owners will overlook the importance of a healthy diet in their rats, especially when they are sick. While researching this article we found a number of reports from rat owners suggesting adding high-quality, fruit flavored baby food to their rat’s diets can help.
Not only are they jam-packed with essential vitamins and minerals but they also have plenty of energy and water in them too. When suffering from Mycoplasma Pulmonis, it is common that your rat may become dehydrated and need as much water as possible.
Another thing that you can implement in your rat’s diet is a high-quality dark chocolate. Chocolate is often overlooked when it comes to assisting with respiratory issues but the cocoa beans chocolate is made from are a mild bronchodilator.
The darker the chocolate the better as it has more cocoa beans left in the mixture and much less milk. This helps to pass on more of the respiratory benefits to your pet rat and potentially give it an easier time breathing and getting better.
Clean Your Rats Nose And Eyes
As we mentioned back at the start of the article under possible symptoms keep an eye out for a red or brown liquid (Porphyrin) around your rat’s nose and eyes, particularly the nose. When it dried it hardens up and can block your rat’s nose and end up restricting its breathing even further.
If you use a steamy warm towel to clean your pet rats nose of a porphyrin build up then you also get the added benefit of the warm steamy air coming from the towel. This can help loosen up your rat’s nasal passage and help improve its breathing, just be sure to ensure the towel is not too hot!
Avoid Smoking Near Your Rat
Another simple change to make is to avoid smoking near your rat or its cage. It is common knowledge that smoking has a negative effect on respiratory systems potentially making it harder for your rat to breath. If you do smoke then be sure to place your rat’s cage in a separate room to where you are doing it.
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