Lung and Airway Disorders in Rats



There is no cure for this condition. However, this is a chronic rather than acute (sudden) condition, so suffering is generally not an issue unless the condition is not addressed and it is allowed to progress over a long period of time. If the condition is treated early, with the appropriate antibiotics, your rat may live happily for another two to three years. Supportive care, along with keeping your rat's environment clean will also be helpful in maintaining its health over a long term.


Living and Management


Keeping your rat's living environment clean, and in particular, reducing ammonia levels (due to urine) in the cage, along with prompt, regular treatment for the infection, are the best ways to fight this disease. Consult your veterinarian about the best supportive care, and what your rat's needs are during the recovery period.




Respiratory infections in rats can be highly contagious to other rats. The bacterial and viral causes for these types of respiratory infections are transmitted through contact with contaminated feces, urine, and bedding material. Properly cleaning your rats cages regularly, removing any feces and urine daily, and changing soiled bedding material routinely are essential. As much as possible, avoid housing rats that are showing signs of respiratory infections with other rats in order to prevent the spread of respiratory infections to the healthy rats.


In keeping with a sanitized environment, be mindful of keeping your hands clean between caring for each rat.