Wednesday, August 28, 2013

You Know It's Time To Leave A FB Group When...

*I posted this on my personal fb page but wanted to share it here as well*

I'm sad, aggravated and upset after learning that a woman I looked up to, that a lot of my fellow ratty lovers have looked up to admitted that she does surgery on her rats herself using Isoflurane as the anesthesia, which only a licensed vet is supposed to be using. Now this in itself is not the big deal..the big deal is she is not a veterinarian, has had no veterinarian schooling and sees nothing wrong in performing surgeries on her own rats as well as other people's rat when they bring them to her.

What really upset me and made my mind up to leave her group, The Rat Fan Club is the fact she said as long as the rat wasn't feeling any pain she saw nothing wrong with operating on a rat without pain meds. Now tell me, how can you tell if a rat is in pain? Just by them squeaking, moving ect..? Rats are hearty animals and hide their pain so this does not always show and anyone with as much experience as she says she has, would know that.

The last straw for me was when Debbie Ducommon (The Rat Lady) gave advice to a lady who had a rat with a broken leg and the advice she gave her was to let the broken leg heal on its own..with no pain meds. I'm appalled.. Subsequently, the next day the poor rat passed away. I'm not sure that would have been the outcome had the lady taken the rat to an emergency vet the night before.

Yes, we ratty parents can do minor cut care, minor health inspections and even administer medications to our rats but that's after seeing a certified veterinarian and finding out what medications and at what doses we should be giving them.

The problem I've found with the rat lady and her group is that if you question her abilities, what she's admitted to doing (ie..surgery on her own rats) the posts get deleted right away and you face getting banned just for questioning her methods.

I've even seen Debbie give people advise that goes against what their own vet has told them to do with regards to clearing up UTI's and URI's. She might have years of experience raising rats but she's NOT a trained veterinarian and I now consider a lot of what she's told others to do and what she does herself...to be unethical. Frankly, it's downright abusive to tell a rat owner to just let a rats broken leg 'heal on its own with no pain meds and no vet visit'

The bottom line is if your rat needs surgery to have a tumor removed, you take them to a licensed veterinarian...not someone who operates in her home under who knows what kind of conditions and doesn't have any schooling to do so. A person who thinks "I've seen surgeries performed so therefore I think I am qualified to do them now" is deluding herself if she thinks this is ok.

Just because you CAN do something, doesn't mean you SHOULD!

-End of rant

Here are screen shots of the conversation as proof... *If you can't read them, just click on them to make the pictures larger*







Now I don't know if it's legal for anyone to be getting anesthesia from their vet and using it at home for surgeries on their animals, but even with the more than 15 years of experience I have with small animals I would not do this without getting schooling for it. I don't understand how anyone would. 

I've written many articles about small animal care and most of the things I've written about are things you learn by having rats, hamsters and other small animals that you pass along to people who are just starting out with those animals. 

I don't care how many surgeries I have or haven't seen, just watching the surgery does not qualify you to perform them, it's ridiculous to think it does. 

My last thought on this subject is if you are looking for a rat group to join on Facebook, try Rats Are Awesome or Network For All Rat Lovers... before you join Rat Fan Club. 

Twitter Wednesday!


Welcome to another Twitter Wednesday, where I pull some of the funniest tweets from my Twitter feed and post them here for you to read. As always I have left off the names and @'s so no one gets mad. :)

too hot for ugly people too ugly for hot people

I'm shy at first, but once I'm comfortable with you get ready for some crazy shit.

Me-"Hey knees, what's with all the noise and hurtin'?" Knees-"Because." Me-"Because?" Knees-"Just Because." 

Ahahah I just witnessed the kitten dragging a stuffed animal bigger than him out to the living room. Wish I'd gotten a pic!

Afleck as Batman and the whole Twitterverse goes insane...

Ben Affleck eat my balls , i could be better Batman.

You're welcome to my trash, but please take entire bags and make them your own instead of ripping them open on my curb

 ask the bartender for Sex With a Alligator!!!! # greatdrink #enjoy” SOUNDS PAINFUL

When I come across a love triangle now I think, who needs to choose have an awesome threesome!

Omfg biggest spider I've ever seen. Called reinforcements!

Noah from The Notebook sent 365 letters to Ally. That's one letter a day for a year and you can't send me ONE TEXT MESSAGE. Bitch 

I should also mention that before the champagne there was wine.

Welcome new faces! I'd give the usual warning about my filthy language and rantypants, but what the hell, live on the edge

Admit it..... You've Googled yourself. *Get your minds out of the gutter*

Gonna boycott #manofsteel2 and the justice league of america altogether.. ben affleck has been cast as the batman

DC really killed me casting Ben Affleck as batman ....disgusting.... He will single handedly ruin the movie

It doesn't matter if Ben Affleck is the new Batman because Hollywood should stop making, making and remaking that movie. It's been done.

Don't you hate it when you listen to some idiot tell the same facts over and over and you want to choke him with your bare hands?

Am I the only one who thinks Kim & Kanye's baby is NOT that cute???

Yes please local news talk about North West instead of the murders in my area. #Idiots

So pictures of North West is making it's way around on the internet. *flips hair* Like seriously? Who cares?

My dog just bot my nose and sat there looking at me like, Hey I still want a treat.