Fred is sick (pneumonia and possible ear infection), and in addition to the guilt I'm feeling for not taking her to the vet sooner, I felt even more when I was admonished by the vet for a number of things I've been doing that I didn't know were bad for her. It's been a bit of rough week here, and my brain is occupied with trying to find creative ways to get medication into a little creature that refuses to cooperate. Trying to get a dose of liquid medicine into her mouth with a syringe may work if there's one person holding the rat, and the other the syringe, but not if there's just one of you. She licked it off my finger the first day, but that was a short-lived success. I have also put a few drops on a cheerio and that sort of works. If anyone has had any experience with medicating small creatures, suggestions are welcome - we've still got 11 days worth of meds to go.