Protozoal Microorganisms of the Gastrointestinal Tract in Rats



Protozoal infections can generally be treated with antiprotozoal medications and broad-spectrum antibiotics. Advanced infections can lead to dehydration due to diarrhea, making it necessary to give supportive care with electrolyte-balanced fluids. Complete elimination of infectious protozoa is very difficult in some cases.


Living and Management


You will need to keep your rat under observation while it is recovering. Diarrhea and associated dehydration can lead to a severe physical condition very quickly. Keep your veterinarian updated about the progress your rat is making, and follow your doctor's advice until your rat has recovered completely.




Maintaining a clean environment seems to be the best way to prevent this condition from arising. Ensure that the bedding material in your rat’s cage is regularly changed and the cage is kept clean at all times to help prevent and overcome infections due to protozoa. It is also important to prevent stress in your rat by providing sufficient play and exercise material. Overcrowding can also stress a rat. Leaving plenty of space for movement and privacy is important for the mental wellness of your rat.