DS#1's rats were put in a plastic box to bring downstairs earlier. Box has crack. One of their tail's got caught in it and after lots of squeaking DD saw what had happened and released the tail. About 1cm from end of the tail it looks as if all the skin has been stripped off, quite a bit of blood but rat not overly bothered now. I am a bit worried about infection. Other rat keeps licking it - to clean it I think. Is a visit to the vet neccessary?
I couldn't get to a vet yesterday - DH not around until too late and I can't drive atm.
I did the salt water thing davina, and will do it again later. Tried wrapping it in tissue, cotton wool pad etc but they all came off. COnsidered a plaster but thought that taking it off might cause more damage. I didn't get back here until this morning so I'm afraid I didn't seperate them but TBH the other rat has spent the entire time grooming her sister and licking the tail - no sign of aggression at all.
She seems OK this morning. Lively, with good appetite and as far as I can see the tip of the tail looks OK. Still makes me feel a bit shuddery.
When DH gets home this afternoon I will take them.
Thanks oggs. I think she's OK really but I've made an appointment at the vets for 3.50. I know DH will rant at me about a waste of money and wild rats cope with much worse - but they aren't wild rats . Being an ex-Londoner he has an ambivalent relationship with them as it is.
Vet thinks she's probably OK although there is a risk that the little bit of tail may fall off . She thought it was looking inflamed so gave her anti-bs. We are to go back in a few days. I don't think she was used to rats - she kept commenting on how lovely Shy was, how friendly etc... as if she was surprised. Best bit was trying to weigh her to see how much anti-b she needed
Glad she is ok, lets hope she will recovery fully. My vet used to be the same w=if i ever took any of my rats in to them, one of the receptionists used to like having her sat on her desk because she was soooo good! unfortunately couldn't do8 that with the others.