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Old 02-27-11, 07:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Red Fluid?

I noticed in one of the little baggies I'm thawing pinkies in, there's some red fluid stuff. Is this normal?? I thaw in the fridge until about 20 minutes before chow-time, and then I put it under hot water until consumption. Is this something to worry about?
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Re: Red Fluid?

Probably blood. My mice sometimes have some form of blood, as well, while thawing in their baggies.
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Oh ok...I guess I'll just do a smell check to make sure, but good to know I'm not the only one who experiences this
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"Brownish red discharge that comes from a rat's eyes and nose is called porphyrin and in small amounts it is normal. Rats naturally have red mucus, so sometimes when they wake up from a nap you will notice it around their eyes just as humans' eyes can get 'crusties'. A normal, healthy rat should not have very much porphyrin; usually it is a result of stress, bad bedding, or illness.
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