Considering breeding? – Some things to think about beforehand

How to choose your rat – Male or female?  Which variety is right for you?

What to do if your rat dies – Cemetery and loss counseling information

Types of rats at Echo – Description of standards and varieties

The importance of necropsies – Why animal autopsies are important

Disinfection and hygiene – How to clean your rat room

Veterinary terminology – Figuring out what those words mean

Phenols – Why is cedar so bad?

Pet insurance – Is it right for you?

Book list – Suggestions and summaries


Ring tail

Kilham’s rat virus (KRV)

Theiler’s murine encephalomylitis virus (TMEV)

Hind-end paresis

Head tilt

Quarantine vs isolation

Reference list


Smith AL, Corrow DJ. 2005. Modifications to husbandry and housing conditions of laboratory rodents for improved well-being. ILAR J 46 (2): 140-7.

Curry LM. 2007. Dog breeders contracts: pitfalls and considerations. AKC Gazette 124 (5): 16-7.

Robinson N. 2007. Flower essences: power or placebo? Vet Prac News: 34.

Capello V. 2006. Clinical and surgical approach to common diseases of pet rodents. Proc North Amer Vet Conf: 1693-6.

Coile DC. 2007. The genetics of longevity. Dog World: 22-3.

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