Donate towards Mellie's emergency surgery!
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Mellie was taken under the rescue a few weeks ago. She was from a pet shop breeder looking to retire. We took her in knowing there is a possibility of pregnancy. Everday she was gaining more and more weight, and a little over a week ago began ...

Mellie was taken under the rescue a few weeks ago. She was from a pet shop breeder looking to retire. We took her in knowing there is a possibility of pregnancy. Everday she was gaining more and more weight, and a little over a week ago began nesting and losing hair around her nipples. At this stage we were all sure she was pregnant. As time went on and no babies were born of course the panic kicked in.

When she had a bloody show and no babies within 24 hours The Rat Retreat Ireland decided it was time for an emergency vet visit. One of our amazing vets Jennifer at Cara Veterinary Hospital decided the best thing to do was give her an ultrasound to see what was going on inside. There was only one baby, unfortunately not likely to be alive, and with all the blood that was there 24 hours earlier it was thought she may have had a stillborn litter but was unable to pass the last baby due to it being extremely large. We decided an emergency spay was the best option, so Jennifer called in Tracey, another fabulous vet and they performed the e-spay.

Luckily Mellie pulled through it just fine, despite what she had been through, and is on the mend, although she is not enjoying looking silly in her Elizabethan collar! 


Of course, as a rescue, we are always low on funds, and as you can imagine, rats don't have as many fans as say cats or dogs, but are just as sweet and intelligent, if not more so. Her surgery cost a total of just under 250E, even with a rescue discount. Please consider donating even just a few bob towards her surgery, it would not only mean the world to us all at The Rat Retreat, but to Mellie too!

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