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Discussion: Derek

in: Becks; Becks > 2015-12-12

Dec 12, 2015 5:58 PM # 
Big Jon:
shouldn't he be named "Roland"
Dec 12, 2015 7:15 PM # 
Dec 16, 2015 4:15 AM # 
How's the rat?
Dec 16, 2015 12:54 PM # 
He's not quite 100% himself but he is at least back to being a little explorative. I can confirm that rats are the easiest animal I have ever owned to feed antibiotics to.
Dec 16, 2015 2:17 PM # 
wtf ! seriously ? antibiotics, for a rat.
no wonder mutli resistance is running riot
Dec 16, 2015 6:46 PM # 
C'mon Kitch, if he's given a full course at the right dose it's extremely low risk! Especially in a single rat that never meets other rats (other than his cage mate, who hasn't caught whatever it is). The tons pumped into livestock here and in China are far more concerning!
Dec 17, 2015 2:02 PM # 
vets will pump anything full of antibiotics, especially in america
Dec 18, 2015 12:33 PM # 
not particularly your rat that is a worry, more to andrew's point.
plus - its a rat.
I could never have been a vet - I'd just put everything down and say to get another one.
Dec 18, 2015 12:54 PM # 
Rats are much more intelligent and much more social animals than my cats (any cats, but especially mine!) Extremely affectionate and fun pets to have, and they form actual lasting bonds with each other and people. I figured the little guy could have a shot at getting better, but if he's not back to being himself in another week we'll put him down.
Dec 18, 2015 1:58 PM # 
Reminds me of that Fawlty Towers episode with Manuel's "Siberian hampster." I hope Derek doesn't find out what you do at work :). He'll sit there in his cage at night, wringing his little rat hands, staring with his beady eyes...staring, waiting for his chance. For that night when you forget to latch the cage. His chance for revenge! "Who's brain is sliced now!!!" he squeaks, his bald tail dripping with blood. "Muah-ah-ahhhhh"
Dec 18, 2015 3:07 PM # 
Rats do make great pets. Unfortunately, rats and cats are not a good combination. We lost Gus the rat (he escaped from his cage, turned up 95% decapitated) to one of our cats back in 1997. RIP Gus.

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