If your rat is bleeding, it’s important to stay calm. It might not be as bad as it looks. First thing is to assess where the bleeding is coming from.
|this wound was actually the reaction from a Baytril injections, which is why its important never to inject Baytril unless in an emergency.|
If the bleeding is minor, then apply some styptic powder or potassium pernagamate (what parlours use on clipped dogs’ nails, but careful, these stain!), flour, or even cornstarch to the wound to stop the bleeding.
If the bleeding is serious then, using paper towels, gauze pads, or a clean rag, gently apply firm pressure to the wound. Keep the pressure on for at least 2 min or up to 6 minutes if the bleeding is severe. Gently remove the compress and check to see if bleeding has stopped. If it hasn’t, repeat the process. If the bleeding still doesn’t stop, then get your rat to the vet as soon as you can. It’s imperative that you keep applying pressure, so get someone to take you.
Most rats will continue their normal routine when injured, so although the blood might look like a lot, chances are he/she has smeared it around a little. And again, always remember to stay calm.