Post # 1
Hi, just wondering if anyone here has had pet rats while they were pregnant, I’ve had them for years but now I’m really worried because on the net it says they can sometimes pas the lmcv infection on to unborn babies which can give them birth defects. I never knew of this before becoming pregnant. Hope someone can help or has more info, thank you.
Post # 2
- Wedding: September 2018 - Pantagis Renaissance
Is there a way to test your ratbaby for that? I’m sure a vet could help you 🙂
Post # 3
I’ve not heard of this. I love ratties. They are such sweet smart creatures. As pp said, can your vet advise? Or maybe there’s a rat pet owners forum with someone who’s been pregnant and checked this out.
Post # 4
Thank you, I’ve been on rat forums but not had any replies so I just thought I’d try here, it’s worth a try! Thank you for your replies though.
Post # 5
Why don’t you call a vet and ask? They are usually pretty good at giving advice over the phone at no charge.
Post # 6
yea ask your vet or your doctor.
Post # 7
Thanks, I’m going to go to my docs tomorrow my anxiety levels are getting a bit too high.
Post # 8
Oh I have ratties too and am planning to TTC after our wedding in October. I will keep my eyes peeled on this thread.
Oh and p.s. Beatrice and Bo say hiiiiii!!!
Post # 9
If your rats have always been domesticated there is very little chance of passing diseases to you or your unborn baby. The risk is SO low tgat it should certainly not be cause for concern. Either way, book an appointment with your vet, they will be able to do a simple blood test to determine if there is any risk to you or not. The infection you’re talking about is most often passed on from street rats, not domesticated rats.
Post # 10
How could I get LCMV?
Infected rodents shed the virus in their nasal secretions, saliva, milk, semen, urine, and feces. Contact through broken skin, eyes, nose or accidental ingestion of these rodent body fluids or their nesting material could lead to an LCMV infection. Sweeping rodent droppings may cause the virus to become airborne and increase the chances of breathing in the virus. Bites from infected rodents can also transmit the virus. Human exposure to the virus is more common during the fall when rodents move indoors. Passing the LCMV infection from person to person has not been seen except in the case of mother to baby during pregnancy or delivery.”
Wash your hands after handling and cleaning their cage, and wear a mask while cleaning out their bedding.
It’s a “wild rat” (mostly) illness, and if your rats weren’t previously “wild” the chances of you getting LCMV is stupendously low.
Post # 11
I didn’t have rats while pregnant but had guinea pigs. DH cleaned their cages just to be on the safe side.
Post # 13
they are such lovely friendly little pets. I love them 💗 thank you 😃