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My pet rat is breathing very fast and chest is clicking, No

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Hi my pet rat is breathing very fast and chest is clicking
JA: Hi there. I'll do all I can to help. Does this strange breathing happen all the time or only sometimes? Does the rat have a cough as well?
Customer: No cough. It started around 4 hours ago that he started breathing v fast and clicking and like he wants to just sleep
JA: What's the rat's name and age?
Customer: His chest is clicking v fast and looks very poorly
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know?
Customer: No that's it
Submitted: 24 days ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 24 days ago.
Hi there, you are through to Dr Linda, a UK based vet.
Rats are very prone to pneumonia and we see this commonly.
The clicking sound indicates a respiratory issue and is a red flag.
He likely needs prescribed antibiotics ASAP and may also benefit from some anti inflammatories.
Do also ensure his environment is not smoky or dusty and that he is not put under any stress.
This is not something I would try to treat at hoe as rats can pass away quickly from disease such as this.
Customer: replied 24 days ago.
I cant get him to a vet.. How can I get him antibiotics?
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 24 days ago.
Antibiotics are prescription only and require a vet visit I'm afraid.
It is also important we determine if the rat needs oxygen and/ or steroids.
If you are concerned because of the lockdown or you are isolating, the government have made an exemption so you can still seek veterinary care for animals that need it.