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RatsPacNW Sick Rat Quarantine Guidelines for Members

To help stop the spread of disease we encourage members to follow these guidelines.

Required for Quarantine:

  • If you have sick rats - Absolutely NO new rats into the home and NO breeding during this period.
  • Avoid contact with your rats prior to visiting pet stores, others with rats, etc.
  • DO NOT breed any rats during the quarantine period.  This will only perpetuate the disease as the young may acquire the virus after weaning.  Your other rats, already having been exposed carry immunity and may not show symptoms.  The babies can and will pass the virus to others when sold, traded or exposed to outside rats perpetuating the disease in the N.W. UNLESS you follow the simple quarantine procedures.

SDA~ (find the classification that best represents you)

  • Non-Breeder with a few pet rats over weaning age
    Minimum three weeks quarantine AFTER symptoms stop showing and up to six weeks if the rat(s) is to be exposed to others.  If any symptoms show up, quarantine must begin over after the symptoms reside.  A total quarantine period, from onset of disease to end of quarantine period, could last approximately just over one month or more.
  • Breeder with NO babies and no pregnant females
    Minimum six weeks quarantine AFTER symptoms stop showing.  If any symptoms show up, quarantine must begin over after the symptoms reside.
    A total quarantine period, from onset of disease to end of quarantine period, could last approximately two months.
  • Breeder with unweaned babies and no pregnant females
    Begin a six week quarantine AFTER the babies are weaned (6 weeks).  If any symptoms show up, quarantine must begin over after the symptoms reside.  At weaning, the babies still carry antibodies from their mother for one to two weeks.  They can be susceptible to the virus after these have resided.
    A total quarantine period, from onset of disease to end of quarantine period, could last up to three months.
  • Breeder with pregnant females
    Either remove the females from the premises for the litter to be raised elsewhere OR after weaning begin a six week quarantine.  If any symptoms show up, quarantine must begin over after the symptoms reside.  For females removed from premises, after babies are weaned follow quarantine procedures for unweaned babies above. A total quarantine period, from onset of disease to end of quarantine period, could last up to three - four months. What can be done with weaned babies:  You will either need to hold the babies until AFTER your quarantine procedure is over or it can be possible to place in a non-rat home IF you inform the new owner of possible exposure.  They must know this to protect any other rats they may acquire.  They also need to know proper steps to take if visiting a pet store.  Either not exposing themselves to the air space their rat is in prior to leaving or not visit pet stores with rodents for a minimum of three hours after they were exposed to the air space of their rat.

RatsPacNW recommends but does not require:

  • Elisa blood test
    to be done two to three weeks after symptoms begin.  It is best not to take a rat with the active symptoms of SDA into the vet unless that is the only way you can receive meds (this could result in exposure to other rats, surfaces, etc), also, the antibodies may not be developed enough to show up on a test.  Testing too soon can result in a false negative.
  • Notifying others
    in the club either though a board member or via the email list to all members that your rattery has been exposed and is currently in quarantine.  This gives others a heads up that the virus is active in the community.  Others are more than willing to offer moral support and suggestions.

For more information regarding SDA visit the Rat Health Guide page on SDA.

 

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