SENDAI VIRUS WARNING ALERT: Since last posting our warning about the Sendai virus being confirmed in Cincinnati Ohio we have been in contact with people who recently informed us of illness in their rats that are showing all the clinical symptoms of Sendai. Here are the locations that these virus are currently in as told to us by the owners of the rats who became/are ill:
Cincinnati, Ohio New Jersey ( Vineland Vacinity) Quebec, Canada Jamestown, New York Rising Sun, Maryland Pittsburgh, Pa (The North Hills Vacinity) Winchester, VA La Porte, Indiana Atlanta, GA Cleveland, Ohio
I have also attached some photos of some of the rats that are currently affected with this virus to show everyone classic symptoms like the Porphrin coming from the rats eyes & ears & them wiping it on their other parts of their bodies & the rat being hunched over, gasping & them not being able to breath. These are actual photos of rats suffering with this virus right at this very moment.
DO NOT THINK THAT THIS CANNOT HAPPEN TO YOU & YOUR RATS!
This virus is deadly it has a high death rate, it is quick moving & spreads quickly within rodent species & it is moving very fast throught out the US right now.
Quarantine for a single rat would be 3-4 weeks. For a non-breeding group the quarantine would be 6-8 weeks after recovery.
In a breeder colony the quarantine is much longer. The involvement of babies (nursing at onset of infection) increases out the time frame. These babies will be protected by maternal antibodies (4-8 weeks) and may become infected later. When babies are involved the quarantine time is roughly 3-4 months. During this time there should be no additional breeding, no rats in, and no rats out.
It is possible to expedite the quarantine to a 2-month time frame by removing and pet placing, in rat-free homes only so as to not spread the disease, all young babies and pregnant females. All breeding must be suspended and no rats should enter the colony as they will not only be susceptible to the illness but will perpetuate
Re-Post from 1-19-2015: We have received information that Sendai virus is in our area, eastern Ohio and Western PA. Jack’s Aquarium in Eastgate (Cincinnati Ohio) has had rat deaths, and we’ve been told they have tested positive for Sendai virus. We suspect our own pet stores in Western PA may also buy rats from the same rat mill breeder as the stores in Eastern Ohio, so please be aware if it is not here now, it will be soon.
If you want to get a rat from a pet store ( and that is your perogative, no criticism from us) or you go into a store and handle rats, or you have a friend who has bought rats from a pet store, please take precautions:
If you have been exposed, and virus particles may be clinging to your clothing and hair, please allow 3 hours before going home. Stay out and go shopping or go out to dinner. The virus will die after 3 hours outside of the rat body, in the environment. Do not think you can go home and just stay on a different floor or not go into the rat room. Viruses easily waft off your clothing and circulate throughout the house on the normal air currents made by opening and closing doors, and by your air handling systems like the furnace.
If you want to purchase rats from a pet store and you have rats at home, you MUST plan ahead and find a rat free home (a friend or relative) who will agree to quarantine the rats for 3 weeks. If they are not sick in 3 weeks, they are past the incubation period. If you visit the rats, or go over to clean the cage, again, you must find something else to do for 3 hours before going home. Be aware that if they get sick while in quarantine, your friend (relative) will have to be capable of dealing with clinical health care, you will have trips to the vet, etc and it can be an awesome responsibility for both you and your friend (relative).
Under no circumstances buy rats at a pet store and then bring them directly home to your own rats. There is no way you can prevent transfer of viruses from those rats to your rats, and you are putting your current rats at extreme risk.
(In our haste to spread the news about this serious issue, we forgot to credit the original creators of the post. Our apologies for the oversight, and we hope it has been adequately corrected. Thank you Rat Nation of Pittsburgh Facebook group for helping to prevent the spread of this illness, and thank you to everyone who has shared this via tumblr and other social media!)
A year ago, 02/14/14, we officially opened our rescue. Mischief Managed Rat Rescue was born!!!
It all started with a mass rescue of 13 adult rats… we’d taken in other previously but in like duos. Those 13 wonderful ratties led us to where we are today. We’ve taken in and found loving homes for close to 200 rats in the Southern California area in just 1 year!
So here on our one year anniversary we have a friend in need; she was told surrender her rats or be evicted. Unfortunately eviction is not an option as housing around here is not easy to find. She called us and we drove out today to pick up her girls.
Welcome these 10 wonderful ratties to Mischief Managed Rat Rescue: Penny, Mocha, Nebula (returning visitor), Gyspy (a single eyed rat), Kiki, Lily, Pumpkin, Smokey, Bandit, and Brooks.
*note: they will be living in a DCN, this is only a travel carrier*
Potter came to us as a complete surprise. We were at our local shop, who knows we love rats, and he was being retired as a feeder breeder.
The man said he was a sweet boy and didn’t want to just feed him off… so if we wanted him he was ours, free of charge.
I was busy looking at all the adorable baby rats the whole time this was happening and my wife ends up walking out of the store with a big box…. I asked what was in it and she showed me. I didn’t really want him (we didn’t need more rats at that time) but after hearing his story I couldn’t let him go to die.
He’s a great boy, a little skittish but overall a fantastic ratty ♡
If anyone has a large play pen it would be great so our ratties can roam on the grass! There will also be rescue rats looking for their forever home! #ratty #ratrescue #rats #rat #ratties #fancyrat #fancyrats #petrat #petrats #losangeles #orangecounty #irvine #california #southerncalifornia #cuterat #dumborats #dumborat #hairlessrat #rexrats #rexrat #harleycoat #harleyrat #hoodedrat
If you could help us it’s so easy, just blog about our page and link us, this will help spread awareness about our rescue. The more rats we can rehome to great forever homes, the more room we have for rescues.