This month has not ended very well, our Bruiser passed today while we were away.
Mrs.R and I arrived home together today and as usual proceeded to refill food bowls and put out fresh water in all the rat homes. As we were in the middle of the boys habitats Mrs.R suddenly exclaimed, “Bruiser is dead!” I had started at the other end of the room so I had not noticed him lying on his side at the bottom of his recently segregated level.
Bruiser had possibly re-injured his back foot two days ago as it was more swollen than usual. He was born with a slight deformity in his left hind ankle that fused as he grew older, he never seemed to notice it. We started Bruiser on Metacam and added some antibiotics to his food as Metacam is an immunosuppressive anti-inflammatory. We had planned to take Bruiser to the vet tonight as his right eye also appeared to be slightly protruded and his breath smelled … well, it was really bad. As Mrs.R said, Bruiser did not want anything to do with being poked and prodded this time, so he made his way to the Rainbow Bridge. He will be joining his sister, Sweet Pea.
Bruiser is survived by his brother, Dash.