Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Nibblet's Trip to the Vet

If you follow us on Facebook or other social media, you might have seen that Nibblet hasn't been feeling well the past few days. Late Saturday night, I went to feed her a treat and noticed that she fell over when she went to put her front paws on the cage bars. After watching her for a minute, I decided she was pretty wobbly.

I took her out of her cage and gave her a little exam, being sure to check out her ears. Her right ear had some yucky brown stuff in it and it seemed itchy. Sometimes, rats get ear infections and they can get wobbly from them. Sort of like they are walking drunk.

In the waiting room ready to see the doctor. 

On Monday, I took her in to a vet clinic that I had never been to before. I decided to take her to White Rock Veterinary Hospital in Pflugerville, Texas because I used to work with and am very good friends with 2 of the receptionists there as well as one of the veterinarians, Dr. Lisa Schroeder.


Dr. Lisa is Shiner's favorite veterinarian and when I worked with her, she didn't really see any exotic pets. But, she made a special exception for Nibblet and had one of their expert small mammal doctors look at her too. She also gave me a full tour of the clinic and it's so super nice! This is a great veterinary hospital to take your small mammals or reptiles. They do not see birds, however.

They are trying to get me to come work there, but child care and transportation are an issue at the moment that prohibits me from going back to work as a vet tech.

Time for my cold medicine!

Anyways, back to Nibblet. She does have an ear infection and she also has a respiratory infection. So I am giving her ear drops and oral antibiotics. If her respiratory problems do not get better soon, she may need to take an additional oral anitibiotic.

I've moved her food and water down to the lower section of her cage because it seems like she's having trouble climbing to the top and is mostly hanging out on the first floor right now.

I don't like these ear drops!

Nibblet has been very good about taking her medicine so far but doesn't seem like much of a fan of the ear drops. After I put them in, she scurries away pretty fast. I will try to keep everyone updated on Nibblet's status. You can keep up with us on any of the social media sites by clicking those social media icons in the top right part of our sidebar.

34 comments:

  1. Poor Nibblet! We really hope that Nibblet is feeling her spunky self again soon!

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  2. Get well soon Nibblet! Hope you're feeling better soon x

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  3. Poor Nibblet. Hope she gets better.

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  4. Nibblet, please feel better soon. I'm glad you are very brave and you take your medicine very well. Paws crossed and 87 hugs to you for a fast recovery.

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  5. Oh poor little Nibblet, we sending loads of love n hugs for a speedy recovery xxoxxx


    Mollie and Alfie

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  6. Sure hope that Nibblet feels better very soon!

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  7. Oh poor Nibblet and we know how ear infections can make you wobbly. We send healing vibes and POTP and we hope our dear little friend makes a speedy recovery.
    Best wishes Molly

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  8. nibblet...st francis blessings two ewe...sorree ya had ta go ta de ewe noe wear place... tho kinda kewl yur mom knew a head oh time what bee wrong...veree nice oh them ta offer her sum werk two....nice ta noe when de other stuff getz ree solved her haz a job waitin prob ablee huh !!

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  9. Poor Baby Nibblet get well soon,xx SPeedy

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  10. We are sure sending you our best healing purrs sweet Nibblet

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  11. sending pawsitive thoughts! Feel better soon, Nibblet!

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  12. Poor Nibblet ! An ear infection, that's why you walked like a drunk pet ! Get well soon ! Purrs

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  13. Hope she is starting to feel better after the new meds. Ear infections (and respiratory) are no fun for anybody. And hopefully, if it is what you want, you can perhaps work for this vet clinic in the future. It certainly was nice for them to give you a full tour while you were there with Nibblet!

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  14. Poor Nibblet! Bentley can sympathize with ear infections. They are no fun at all. We hope you have a speedy recovery! Bark More, Growl Less Barking from the Bayou!

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  15. We hope Nibblet feels better soon.

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  16. Oh poor thing! So good that you caught on to this and she is getting the care she needs. And soon some extra comfort :-)

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  17. Oh no, poor Niblet. Sending tons of purrs that she feels better really soon. That doesn't sound like fun. Hope all of you have a great day.

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  18. Bubbles, Dozer, Cuddles, Honey-Bear, Nipper and I, ALL send our heartfelt "get well" wishes to little Niblet, and I'm sure that with the meds, he'll fare quite well. Trust me, not one of mine appreciates having ear drops or even getting ears cleaned. They tend to walk around with ears flattened and a scowl on their face afterwards, for a while, until they finally accept the fact that it was done for their own good to stave off any infection. Then we're all friends again. Love to Niblet from all of us here. Hugs and kisses. Val and Bubby and the boys

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  19. Well, I follow you and about 800 others on Facebook, so that is how I missed the Nibblet news. So glad you have Nibblet on meds and I feel so bad for the poor little thing! Hoping she feels better soon!!!

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    1. No worries Caren and thanks. I don't know how you keep up with it all! I have a hard time with much less lately.

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  20. Awww poor little Nibblet! I hope he feels better soon!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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  21. Oh no! Every time Ma is "busy" and we are not around much, something happens and we miss it. I had no idea Nibblet wasn't feeling well, Miss Ann (I blame Ma). I sure hope that the medicine helps her get better soon. She seems like a very good patient but it could also be that you are just that good at veterinary care!
    *Cairn cuddles*
    Oz

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    1. She is a very nice patient. It seems like since she's had a few doses now, she knows what's up and tries to run away lol.

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  22. Poor Niblet! I used to have lots of ear infections and they are not fun and I don't like those drop things either, but now with my ear cleaner I haven't had one in a couple years. Get better soon, Niblet.

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  23. Oh, poor Niblet! I hope she gets better very quickly. I'll look for you on one of the sites to follow her progress.

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  24. I'm sure glad you got Nibblet checked out, and that there is a course of action to get her well. Feel better soon, Nibblet! Hugs, purrs and prayers!

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  25. Poor little Nibblet...we are sending lots of Noodle hugs!

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  26. We've been on Spring break but knew she wasn't feeling better. I hope she is now and we'll find out as we catch up! Love Dolly Pees: You have to admit a drunk rat is a pretty funny thought!

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    1. Lol, all kinds of animals can get the drunk walk Dolly! Even doggies :) I think she might be feeling a little better now. She's climbing her cage bars.

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  27. Artie and I hope Nibblet is all better soon.

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