Health Issues 


Nebuliser Treatment

for Respiratory Issues

Please click the title of this box to download the AusRFS document which explains the procedure, medications and equipment needed to treat a rat

using a nebulising machine.

Updated version September 2018  

AusRFS Nebuliser Hire

(Melbourne only)

Please click the title of this box to download details of how to hire a nebuliser machine and equipment

set up ready to treat a rat.

Please note:

Medications are not supplied.

Please read the document above and consult your vet to decide if this treatment is appropriate for your rat

and to arrange for supply/ prescription 

for the medications needed. 

Rats have very specific health issues and often need to be treated a little differently to other pets.


Our rats can’t tell us where it hurts or what they are feeling.

It is important that owners watch out for signs of illness.


Any changes in behaviour or appearance, even if they don’t seem health related, can be a sign that something is wrong.

Not many vets know a lot about treating rats so its very important to take your rat to a vet who is experienced in treating rats. Please refer to the Vet List under the Links tab.

Rats can suffer from abscess, tumours (most commonly mammory tumours undesexed females), pituitary tumours, heart issues, strokes and inner ear infections.

But Respiratory Infections are by far the most common health problem in rats


Respiratory problems are the bane of rat owners. Good husbandry and careful selective breeding are only partially successful in limiting the problem.

Owners should monitor their rats breathing, noises and general health carefully.

Seeking experienced veterinary advice and starting the rat on appropriate medication early will provide the best chance of a good outcome.