How to Put Together a Rat First Aid Kit | Pet Rats


Hopefully it never happens, but if you run
into a situation where your pet rat becomes injured or hurt in your home, you may want
to have certain items on hand to deal with immediate emergencies. Certainly the number one recommendation is
going to be to seek veterinary care. Either take your rat to your local emergency
veterinary hospital, or contact your family veterinarian to see about getting them rushed
right in, if something has happened, like an injury or a cut, or something that requires
immediate care. If you don’t have the means to do that, it
may be important to keep a few things on hand. One of those may be cotton swabs, that you
can use to both, wipe out cuts or wounds, or also an opportunity to be able to look
in their mouth. Another thing you may want to have are standard
antibiotic ointments, like a triple antibiotic ointment like Neosporin, which used in small
amounts are safe to use topically on a small lesion or a cut. Sometimes rats may accidentally get their
toenail caught in the bedding or in some part of the cage, and they can actually tear or
damage their toenail. In that case, you’re going to want to have
a product called Quick Stop, that they sell in the pet stores, that you can pack on that
area to get the blood to clot and get it to stop bleeding, should something like that
happen. Also a good thing to have on hand is sterile
eyewash, sold over the counter at any drugstore. Sterile saline or eyewash products can rinse
out cuts or lacerations. They can be used to rinse the eyes if your
rat gets something in their eye. Bandage material is somewhat tricky. It may require that you keep certain types
of rolled gauze or cotton. If your pet gets injured and you need to do
something temporary on your way to taking them to the veterinarian, then you may want
to have some rolled gauze to cover a wound or a bandage, and also to prevent further
bleeding. But overall, most emergencies are going to
require veterinary care. Most minor trauma, minor injuries, like broken
toenails, minor cuts, maybe a small bite wound from a tussle with another rat can easily
be handled at home by cleaning them, evaluating it, and then seeking veterinary care as appropriate.