Many health problems can be prevented by making sure to feed your rat the best diet possible, by providing optimum housing, plenty of exercise, mental enrichment, excellent veterinary care and lots of love. While I wish I could say rats are low maintenance and hardly ever have medical problems, I have not found that to be the case. In fact, the last six of my rats have all had medical problems that were completely atypical, causing my veterinarians to consult with experts in rat diseases and medical treatments.
Many people aren’t prepared for how much it costs to take care of their pets. I used to work at the front desk in a veterinary hospital that saw exotic pets including rats. I was appalled at the number of people who would call for an appointment and, when they found out the exam alone was $50+, they would say “Why would I want to pay for that? I only paid $5 for my rat.”
Any healthcare for any pet costs money. Pets are a luxury. I would guess I spend at least $500 per rat each year on exams, medicine and surgery when it’s needed. This is one of the reasons why I “only” have two rats!
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