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

hello *hugs*

@  Caryn : (21 November 2018 - 07:32 AM)

:wave: Hello! :D

@  lollyh : (20 November 2018 - 01:57 PM)

hello all. :wave: :ggmr:

@  Caryn : (09 November 2018 - 07:49 AM)

Me too! :)

@  lollyh : (08 November 2018 - 08:28 PM)

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

@  Caryn : (07 November 2018 - 10:22 AM)

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

@  lollyh : (05 November 2018 - 08:52 PM)

so how is everybody doing? :ggmr:

@  DiscoMoose : (24 October 2018 - 06:11 PM)

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

@  Caryn : (19 October 2018 - 08:38 PM)

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

@  lollyh : (17 October 2018 - 10:32 PM)

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

@  lollyh : (17 October 2018 - 10:29 PM)

Oh moosie!!. :bigeyecry: :bigeyecry: I am so so so very sorry my dear friend. Sweet precious 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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So I know male rats should have low protien diet. So does that mean even vegetables should be fed once awhile a week along with egg and chicken bones. Like spinach . brocalli and cauliflower. I am wondering this as I don't give chicken or egg very often. But what if billys skin itch is not mites. As it's none of others who have scabs and the itch.
should i rather give more cooked corn carrots peas gem squash sweet potato Rice pasta.
And what about pasta twists that have spinach tomato are these Okay in dry food mix.

Sorry always wonder if there should be difference in males. Other then oranges nit allowed.



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I'm having the same issue with Milo.  More than a month or so ago I treated the lot for mites as Milo was full of sores, and then a week later I had to dose  him again.  He was fine and scab free till this morning when I found blood marks on his side.  Cutting his nails is not possible.  I need like two people to hold him down when I do it. 


They hardly get protein.  I think the last time was last Wednesday which was a bit of chicken.  I've cut out alot of different foods, but no difference.  I really think he is just very sensitive to mites because he only starts to show signs of improvement after the second dose of revolution.


I would just rather cut down on the peas, corn and carrots and those are full of sugar. Instead of spinach try pok choi for a difference  You are generally giving what I'm giving, so I don't know. 


Oh, and somewhere I read that the coloured pasta was not good.  Can't remember where I saw that.  Maybe keep to normal pasta to be safe.


Also, keep treatsto once a week.  I know this sounds cruel :ratgiggle:  but rather give them a small piece of fruit.  I sometimes have an idea the chocolate might be a cause for flare ups, so I'll rather not take the chance.  Think he gives off a chocolate smell and all the mites flock to him.  He does smell amazing though lol


Otherwise go for a skin scrape and let them see what nasties they find.  Might be a option.



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Ja very wierd at vet. The only thing that helped him last time. Was a anti biotic injection and this blue spray. They don't like carrots that much anyway and peas and corn are my cool me down treats. thx.



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So I know male rats should have low protien diet. 


It's not just males, all adult rats need a lower protein diet than younger bubs up to 12wks of age :)   There really isn't any significant difference in requirements between male and female rats at all with food.  Besides things like oranges and other citrus that shouldn't be fed to the boys of course.  But general diet remains the same.


Individual rats however may react to certain foods though, just like people who may find that specific things don't agree with them.  

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