Browse our veterinary-reviewed Dog and Cat Illness Guide to learn more about pet health. Always talk to your veterinarian if you have a concern about your pet's symptoms or health.
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Rat Insurance Alternative
When you bring home a pet rat, you commit to providing the same care, attention, and veterinary visits that you would with any other pet. If you have brought your pet rat to the veterinarian already, you know these visits can get expensive. Maybe you are looking for a pet insurance alternative or want to know if pet rats are covered by Pet Assure. We’re happy to let you know that we offer plans for all breeds of pet rats that cover in-house medical services and pre-existing conditions.
Most Common Health Issues of Pet Rats
External parasites can be a problem with any type of pet. Mites, including ear mites, tropical rat mites, and rat fur mites, are especially problematic in pet rats. The best way to keep your pet rat free of mites is to keep the cage meticulously clean and make sure if one of your rats has mites that you keep each of your pet rats in a separate cage. That is because they can easily transfer mites and other types of external parasites to each other.
You may also notice lice, fleas, or ticks on your pet rat although these are less common than mites. If you suspect that your pet rat has one of these external parasites, don’t hesitate to visit your veterinarian for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. Some parasites require medication to kill and eliminate from your pet’s body.
One great way to help prevent mites is to freeze your rat's bedding for 48 hours before putting it in the cage. This will kill any mites that are in the bedding.
Your pet rat could also develop a skin infection by biting or scratching at a wound or parasite. When an infection does occur, it’s typically due to bacteria invading the skin. The most common places for skin infections to occur are on the head or neck. Pet rats with a weakened immune system are at the greatest risk for this issue.
Keep Your Pet Rat Healthy with Help from Pet Assure
When you need a low-cost pet insurance alternative, it’s nice to know that you can turn to a company trusted by more than 150,000 pet owners. We invite you to learn more about immediate veterinary discounts with no claim form required and the many other benefits of membership. Request a quote today!