Rat First Aid Kit

I have two rats, and I found this usful.  If any of you crafters also have adorable rats, you MUST get all of these things. link is on the bottom

First Aid Lists


First aid tape or Zonex athletic tape (1 or 1 1/2 inch)
Gauze (pads and rolls)
Telfa (pads)
Cotton balls & swabs
Coflex or Vetrap or Secure-Flex bandage tape
Surgical glue
Elizabethan collar
Butterfly strips
Corn syrup (sweetening medication)
Distilled water for mixing up medication into a liquid
Nolvasan (chlorhexidine) antiseptic solution or ointment (wound care)
Blairex Sterile Wound Wash Saline
Sterile saline solution (flushing, diluting injections, and hydrating)
Normal saline (synonymous with isotonic saline or physiologic saline) for use in cleansing skin or surface wounds. In an emergency can be made at home by placing 1 teaspoon of salt in 1 pint of warm water and mixing.
Lactated Ringer’s solution (hydrating)
Hypoallergenic moisturizer


Fingernail clippers
Small scissors
Guillotine scissors (multiple tooth trimming)
Cat claw scissors (single tooth trimming)
Syringe- 12 cc Monoject curved tip (wound care)
Syringe- 1 cc without needle (oral medications)
Syringe- 3 cc without needle (oral medication and feeding) or specific oral syringes
Syringe- 1 cc with needle (injections)

Medications & Solutions (Non-prescription)

Children’s or Infants’ Tylenol
Children’s Benadryl
Bene-Bac (for gut flora stability when using antibiotics)
Fruit flavored yogurt with live cultures (also an aid for gut flora stability while on antibiotics)
Vet RX (eases congestion)
Styptic pencil or powder (stops bleeding)
Antibiotic ointment (topical)
Activated Charcoal (poisoning)
Ivermectin oral paste or topical (parasites)
Revolution (selamectin) topical (parasites)
Blu-kote (bumblefoot)
Zymox Otic Enzymatic Solution Hydrocortisone (used for bumblefoot)
Nolvasan (1% chlorhexidine) antiseptic solution or ointment (wound care)
Bach’s Rescue Remedy (anxiety and shock)
Lactulose (mild laxative)
Granulated sugar (wound/abscess care)
Manuka honey (wound/abscess care)

Medications (Prescription)

Dexamethasone (long acting corticosteroid by injection)
Prednisolone or Prednisone (intermediate acting corticosteroid by mouth)
Silvadine (topical for burns and wound care)
Lasix (furosemide/diuretic)
Aminophylline or Theophylline (bronchodilator)
Albuterol 0.083% (bronchodilator for nebulizing)
Banamine (pain reliever/non-steroidal anti inflammatory injection)
Metacam (oral pain reliever/non-steroidal anti inflammatory)
Terramycin or Vetropolycin (antibiotic eye ointment)
Animax (anti inflammatory ear ointment)
Amoxicillin (antibiotic)
Baytril (antibiotic)
Cefadroxil (antibiotic)
Doxycycline (antibiotic)
Zithromax (antibiotic)

Note: Prescription drugs only to be obtained through veterinarian for use with rats. Refer to the Rat Medication Guide for proper usage and dosages.

Nutritional Care

Soy formula for infants
Jar baby food
Instant maple & brown sugar flavored oatmeal
Pedialyte or Gatorade, which can be found in local grocery stores. Please note that Pedialyte is only good refrigerated for 24 hours after opened, but can be frozen as ice cubes and kept longer, and then thawed when needed.


Pill cutter
Pill crusher
Magnifying glass
Otoscope (ears)
Heating pad (e.g. thermostat controlled heating pad,or microwavable heated pads such Snuggle Safe®)
Wire cutters (to free stuck rat from cage wire)
Carrier or hospital cage






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