Nicodemus (nicodemusrat) wrote,

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Rat stuff

Well, the good news is that our rat, Martin, appears to be okay. The other good news is that Kit and I got a nice aerobic workout worrying and rushing to a vet.

So I was at the front table talking to kevinjdog when I heard an odd choking sound behind me. The only thing behind me, other than my living room wall, was the rat cages... And such sounds should not be coming from a rat. Turning around, I saw Martin choking deperately with his tongue hanging out.

Some organized panic ensued as we bundled him up into the emergency pet carrier and went down to the vet. While we were watching him, he seemed to finally clear his throat, which helped him a lot. (Rats aren't usually able to regurgitate, so if they can't swallow something it can be a fatal choking hazard... It's how several rat poisons work.) He was still wheezing and snuffling as we got him into the vet. Best he could say was watch him for a few days to make sure he didn't get any fluid in his lungs while choking.

So everything seems to be okay. We'll keep a close eye on the little guy, though.

Also, rat-related:

Trevor, that stinkin' dirty rat... litteraly

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(I'm surprised I didn't get Sebastian, honestly.)
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