Herbal Remedies

Herbal Remedies

ECHINACEA

Echinacea is used as an immunity booster. It causes an increase in the number of immune cells, further enhancing the overall activity of the immune system.

Dosage for rats:

It is recommended to use non-alcoholic enchinacea for pet rats.

Once a month, for one to two weeks, it is put in the rats’ water bottles. They get 6 drops per 8 ounces of water. Do not continually give your rats echinacea for they will build up a resistance to it and it will not be of any benefit.

Echinacea can also be given plain. Rats like the taste and will take it directly from the dropper or on food. For example, 2 or 3 drops on bread, just as a “jump start” when they are sick. It won’t cure what ails them, but it will help their immune system fight whatever is going on.

Side Effects:

No toxicity or side-effects have been reported except rare allergic reactions in sensitive individuals.

Additional sources:

Boosting Immunity With Herbs

EYEBRIGHT (euphrasia officinalis)

Used for sniffles and crusty eyes. May help sinuses. Eyebright is a natural source of vitamin A, C and E.

One specific brand is Nature’s Answer, alcohol-free.

Dosage for rats:

Give two drops twice a day to 1.6 lb boy rats. One drop twice a day for girls/youngsters. Take for a couple weeks or until symptoms improve.

Side Effects:

  • Not recommended for eyes due to the danger of eye infections.
  • Safety during pregnancy and lactation has not been proven.
  • May cause skin reactions. Other side effects are possible.

Additional Sources:

Personal Health Zone

Herb & Supplement Encyclopedia

TUMERIC (Curcumin)

Tumeric can have bile-stimulating, liver-protectant, antioxidant, and anticancer effects. It is an anti-inflammatory that acts like steroidals. Medical studies have shown that curcumin with its curcuminoids can block the growth of cancer cells.

Dosage for rats:

A pinch a day in meal.

Side Effects:

No side effects or contraindications are generally noted.

Written by Francisco Vietto

Francisco Vietto

Francisco Vietto is one of the chief specialists of The Getafe Veterinary Clinic. He had graduated from the university by the age 24. He is the author of many scientific works on the topic of microbiology in veterinary science. Now he is a thirty eight years old family man. In the free time he is also intrested in surfing and football