The rat was initially given meloxicam at 1 mg/kg for pain relief and reduction of any swelling, and continued for 3 days. In addition she was started on Baytril at 10 mg/kg for 7 days to prevent any infection. She was kept in a hospital cage for a couple of days on fleece, and her environment kept very clean. She was then moved back in with her cage-mates once the tail had begun to dry and the pain had gone. By day three the rat began to self-trim the dead tissue which continued during the healing process until the healed stub remained.
The first photo to left is of Lilith before degloving incident. The photo to the right shows the tail on the day of degloving and the inset photo shows the approximately 2.5 inch of removed tail skin.
Photo left shows Lilith the second day of incident with the inset showing close up of degloved tail. Photo top right is of the third day in which Lilith has begun to trim her own tail. Photo second down from top right shows degloved portion one week following incident. Photo bottom right shows healed stub of tail approximately 4 weeks following incident.
Posted on July 6, 2013, 13:17,
Last updated on July 25, 2013, 15:41