How Concerned Should I Be About A Pet Rat Bite?

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Feb 28, 2010 in Rat Answers | Subscribe

One of our rats just bit my 2 year old daughters finger and drew blood? I washed it with soap and water, peroxide and put neo sporin and a band aid on it. Is this good enough?

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  • Kris says:

    Rats DO NOT have a dry bite and are capable of transmitting saliva disease, since its a pet rat
    you probably should not worry too much but still be cautious of any disease.

  • Tessa Starr says:

    It will be red and may be sore for a while, but it’s fine.

  • Danger Erin says:

    its a pet rat, so it wont have any diseases or anything like that.
    i’ve been bitten and scratched thousands of times by every animal from rodents to reptiles and i’m fine
    your daughter will be fine 🙂

  • Catkin says:

    Rats have a “dry” bite & the biggest concern would be the chance of the bite becoming infected from another source. Just keep an eye on it for redness or swelling, or if your daughter develops a fever.

  • Piggy says:

    You’ve cleaned and disinfected the wound thoroughly so it should be OK. The things to watch out for is if it starts to throb, starts to swell, turns red, or starts to feel hot to the touch: these are all signs that an infection has developed. In this case, you would need to take your daughter to the doctor who will probably prescribe antibiotics (make sure to tell the doctor if your daughter is allergic to any that you know about) and possibly an anti-tetanus injection. Sorry to hear your little girl got bitten, I hope it doesn’t put her off your little rats.

  • Care says:

    As long as the rat is healthy, it should be fine. Just keep it clean, if it starts to look like it might be infected, then you could get it checked out.

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