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@  DiscoMoose : (21 November 2018 - 06:48 PM)

hello *hugs*

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hello all. :wave: :ggmr:

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Me too! :)

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I see that. :ratgiggle: .Yes it is.i loved all the interaction on here but i will keep checking in weekly. :ggmr:

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Everybody is missing in action! lol Such a pity, these forums used to be so fantastic when everyone was still around :(

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so how is everybody doing? :ggmr:

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thanks Lolly and Caryn... I miss him, he was a small boy with a big presence :thud:

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Oh no :ratsad: So sorry to both of you Lollyh and Discomoose for your losses :cry: I'm sure they're playing hard :ratangel:

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Big hugs moosie.i can just imagine what a hard Decision it was for you to make today.you fought so hard for him & gave him a wonderful life.a baby boy tobi & a brave momma. *hugs*

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Oh moosie!!. :bigeyecry: :bigeyecry: I am so so so very sorry my dear friend. Sweet precious tobi.play hard up their big boy. We will miss you.:ratangel: :ratangel:

@  DiscoMoose : (17 October 2018 - 03:40 PM)

We had to let Tobi go today :bigeyecry: I'll do a tribute post later. Rest well my boy, you were such a good and brave boy.

@  lollyh : (15 October 2018 - 09:55 AM)

well maybe put a post up caryn & hey if its only us 3,well i will at least get two xmas cards still. :clap: :happydance:

@  lollyh : (15 October 2018 - 09:54 AM)

Thanks moosie. *hugs* .he was 2yrs & 4 months.sadly my smokey is all by himself now.although smokey is jumping around the cage now.darn un-caring,non grieving cage mate. :ratgiggle:

@  Caryn : (15 October 2018 - 07:31 AM)

Don't think we have anyone around to do it :( I basically did my own via Facebook last year

@  DiscoMoose : (14 October 2018 - 07:55 PM)

does y'all think we might do a greeting card exchange this year? Who is up for that...?

@  DiscoMoose : (14 October 2018 - 07:09 PM)

I'm so sorry Lolly :bigeyecry: *hugs*

@  lollyh : (13 October 2018 - 07:53 PM)

Sadly this morning i woke up & found my sweet old man milo had passed away. :bigeyecry: :bigeyecry: .Rip my sweet boy.

@  lollyh : (13 October 2018 - 07:51 PM)

glad to hear hes still ok moosie.i know what you mean,*beep* tumor was huge & not nice to look at but you know him best.when it is time you will know. *hugs* :goodvibes: :goodvibes:

@  DiscoMoose : (11 October 2018 - 08:04 AM)

Thanks Caryn *hugs*


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New thread for that might be handy *hugs* Or a new article for the website itself :)


Good point lol So, here goes again...
I'm hoping some of you out there can help me with these q's:

What vitamins do you buy for you rats?
Where do you get them?
How do you determine correct daily dosage?
And depending on form (ie: tablet, liquid), how do you give it to them?
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Good point :loveyoueyes: So, here goes again...
I'm hoping some of you out there can help me with these q's:

What vitamins do you buy for you rats?
Where do you get them?
How do you determine correct daily dosage?
And depending on form (ie: tablet, liquid), how do you give it to them?


There are 2 types of vitamins: Fat soluable and water soluable.

Robalon industries makes a vitamin additive u can add to the drinking water, it's sold as "Hamster tonic" Contains vit B, C etc.
Only add one day of the week when changing water as too much vit can cause kidney stones and vit overdoses. A little goes a long way.

Mirracote contain the fat soluable vitamins. I give my rats a few drops once a week on a little piece of bread, they absolutley love it, to the point of licking the stuff off your fingers.

Hope that helps.

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You can get a bottle of OptiVit that you give in the water. I get mine from my Vet.

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Maureen also mentioned Mirracote to me, would I find it at the vet or the chemist? I've got a few old biddies that could do with an added extra.
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Thanks for the input everyone :loveyoueyes: Will ask my vet if they stock any when I go in for the Baytril/Doxy again.
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I just give my boys BettaWay Women vitamins. I roughly worked the dose out according to the fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K are stored in the body) because those can be toxic when too much is ingested over long periods. Water soluble is removed through waste. I crush the tablet after removing the casing and then take an amount equal to about a small grain of rice and mix into food. I give it to them every 2 or 3 days. :loveyoueyes:

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sorry to restart an old thread... I got some kiddie vitamins for myself, because I hate swallowing tablets and those omega fish oil things are revolting! The kids ones are much nicer. I've given my girls a taste of them both. They're nice and sweet, so they love them. I only give it once every 2 weeks or so and then only half a tablet to chew between the 2 of them. I firmly believe that unless there's a medical indication, vitamin supplements just give you expensive pee :banghead: 77777777777777777777777777hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh== that meaningful addition was courtesy of lemons :P

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I think most of the ratty members around here use Viral Guard Junior syrup now since this thread was started too, or at least that's what has become the most popular vitamin supplement of choice. Especially since it has some nice ingredients to help fight off sickness too, besides being a multivitamin :P

It's also available from most pharmacies, Clicks, etc. The following is based on an average adult +-300g rat, so adjust accordingly for smaller or larger furkids:

Maintenance dosage:
0.1ml a day per rat for two weeks, then one week break
The break is because it has echinacea, so this helps to prevents any resistance buildup to it's effectiveness, a common side-effect.

Booster dosage - for sick ratties:
0.2ml per rat per day

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I am glad to hear I can use Mirracote. We use it for the ancient cats as well as the bullterriers at work and it is amazing! Apparently it is just canola oil. Rather just check with your vet before you feed the ratties canola oil though. Mirracote is very easy to get, most pet deli's as well as vets stock it. They come in large and small bottles and I think for the ratties yo will only need to give one tiny drop. I have noticed that they seem to have put something in to make it more palatable. Even our fussiest cats eat their food like its the last they will ever get when it has the stuff mixed in.

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As far as I know Mirracote is a fish oil? I might be wrong... But I give my girls some of it about twice a week on brown bread. They go bonkers for it :P Caryn, thanks for that dosage guide! *makes note on shopping list*

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With the right dry diet, you TEEEEEECHNICALLY don't need to feed vitamins. My rats no longer take any extra unless they are old and frail. What's important is that their dry mix has all the important minerals etc that are required, such as Iron, which rats need a certain quantity of as well as a roughage base (such as weetbix) to help their colons process properly. A good rat food in the mix helps ensure that they actually getting what they need. Personally I wont trust any diet other then the one I feed my rats as it has been Vet approved and, since refining it to is present state, I have had really good runs with my rats (that and i dont treat with doxy or baytril unless I HAVE to, which i haven't in over a year)

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I have to agree Mellowmich, I've only used the Viral Guard for my older ratties and when they've been a bit sniffly. I do recommend it, as it's a very good product, but I don't supplement my girls with it or anything else permanently. If you're giving them the right diet (like us humans) then adding supplements isn't necessary :bigeyerat:
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I also don't give any extra supplements to my ratties, but the boys are getting really old and I think it might be time for a bit of extra help to keep the old skin healthy. With my previous old ones I had constant coat probs. Either too greasy, causing them to really smell and leave grease marks everywhere or too dry causing them to itch and scratch holes into their bodies. Plus one ancient guy decided to get a nasty case of mite, who knows where but all I could say is blegh! Nastiest little goggos I have ever seen.

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