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Books by Debbie “The Rat Lady” Ducommun

The 3 books for sale here have very little overlap. 

All 3 books together create a library covering just about everything a rat owner should know.

This page was updated 3/21/14.


Back Issues of the Rat Report
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Payment options:

1. Send a check or money order made out to  “The Rat Fan Club,” 857 Lindo Lane, Chico CA 95973

2. Use Paypal at www.paypal.com sending the payment to the email address ratlady@ratfanclub.org and just tell me what you want in the message section. (BTW, in case you don’t know, I have to pay a small fee, about 6%, when you use Paypal .)

(I’m sorry, we do not accept credit cards. You can use a credit card via Paypal.)


All 3 of my books listed below are available as e-books for Kindle from Amazon.com.


The Rat Health Care Booklet, 15th Edition.

The Rat Fan Club publishes Rat Health Care, a 48-page booklet written by club founder Debbie “The Rat Lady” Ducommun.

Here is what some vets and rat owners have said about this booklet:

I have all the exotic animal references and have been to numerous exotic animal seminars, and I’ve never seen another collection of information about rats as complete and helpful as this booklet.

Kevin Scoggin, DVM, Grand Animal Hospital, San Diego, CA

 

Dear Debbie,
I don’t have rats of my own (yet) but am lucky enough to get to see a few of
them as patients. I just wanted to let you know that as a veterinarian I
have found your Rat Health Care booklet to be extremely helpful. I have
made use of the drug doses and surgical recommendations on many occasions
and have passed on much of this information to the other vets I work with.
Thank you for sharing your wealth of knowledge with us and enabling us to
provide more complete care for these furry family members!

Jody Moffett, DVM, Valley Animal Hospital, Tucson, AZ

 

I just want to say thank-you for the EXCELLENT edition of the Rat Health Care booklet. Everyone at my clinic loves it! I also received the brochures for display.

Thanks again Debbie,

Patti Terzian RVT

Riverside Pet Hospital

Ajax, Ontario, Canada

 

Dear Debbie,

I received my books today. I am so pleased. I let everyone on yahoo groups “loving rats” know how wonderful and helpful they are, and you too!  I cannot wait to give my daughter Nicole hers and Dr. Pals [our vet] his copy. Thank you so very much,

Christine Beamer

 

Debbie,

Your newsletter, book, and health care booklet have come in VERY handy and saved me a small fortune in vet bills as well as housing (by building my own with your plans).  I’m also saving on litter now that I use the rabbit pellet idea I got from you.  Thank you thank you thank you.

Laura Kiest, “Mama” to 24 ratties and holding

About the Rat Health Care booklet:

Although rats have been used in labs for more than 100 years, and much is known about lab rats, there is a lack of published information on practical health care for pet rats.  This handy reference guide fills that gap and is recommended for both rat owners and veterinarians.  Rat Health Care is full of time-tested practical information for treating pet rats.  Debbie Ducommun has been “The Rat Lady” since 1985, and has combined her experiences with those of her veterinarian and hundreds of other rat owners.  Rat Health Care is updated about once a year.

The booklet discusses all the most common health problems of rats, the most common symptoms and the treatments that work.  It tells how to prevent many common problems, including mammary tumors.  It includes a handy symptom guide to help diagnose the most likely cause of most symptoms, 2 flow charts for first aid, and 3 flow charts with the suggested treatment protocols for sneezing, wheezing, labored breathing and lethargy. It includes dosages for the antibiotics and other medications most commonly used and recommended for rats.  It’s the most accurate, complete and practical source of information on companion rat health care available.  Topics covered include:

General care:  First Aid, Spaying & Neutering, Health Food, Preventative Grooming, Home Health Exam, Choosing a Veterinarian, The Benefits of Spaying & Neutering, Raising Orphaned Rats

 

Nursing care: Nutrition, Hygiene, Giving Medications, Treating Pain & Inflammation, Handling & Restraint, Blood Collection, Incision Protection

Clinical Care

Clinical care: Surgery, Respiratory Disease, Congestive Heart Failure, Tumors, Skin Problems & Hair Loss, Abscesses, Bumblefoot, Parasites, Overgrown Incisors, Eye Problems, Ear Infections, Paraplegia, Aging & Old Age Diseases, Euthanasia

We highly recommend this booklet, and if it saves you just one visit to the vet, it will pay for itself many times over.

Now available as an e-book for Kindle on Amazon.com!

The 15th edition Rat Health Care booklet is US$7 plus shipping. 

California residents add $.53 sales tax.

Shipping in the U.S. is $2.25.  For each additional booklet add $1.

 

Shipping to Canada is US$3.50. For each additional booklet add US$2.


Shipping to Overseas is US$7.50.

 

For payment options, see the top of the page.

Quantity discounts available.

 

If you order the booklet from another supplier, you should check to see what edition they have.

 

In Australia, you can order the booklet from Robyn’s Rats at http://www.dapper.com.au

In the UK, you can buy it from Sharon Williams, shazratuk@yahoo.com


Now on Sale for only $5!

Rats: Practical, Accurate Advice from the Expert

Rats, Practical, Accurate Advice from the Expert by Debbie “The Rat Lady” Ducommun, the founder of The Rat Fan Club, was first published by Bowtie Press in April 1998, and this updated edition was reprinted in 2002. This 5 ½" X 8 ½" softcover book is the most complete and accurate rat care book available. It is suitable for beginning rat owners as well as long-time owners. It includes practical money-saving tips on how to care for your rats, basic health info (although not nearly as extensive as Debbie’s Rat Health Care booklet), and how to teach them a few tricks and games (not nearly as many as Debbie’s book The Complete Guide to Rat Training).

Rats includes 104 photos including some rat varieties (including hairless rats) a rat yawning, and a rat laying on his back. This book is also available in pet stores, book stores, and from online bookstores, but books ordered from The Rat Fan Club will be autographed by the author.

Table of Contents

1. The Remarkable Rat
2. Are Rats the Right Companions for You?
3. Choosing a Rat
4. Your Rats’ Home at Home
5. Beginning Your Friendship
6. Rat Health Care
7. Fun Activities to Do With Your Rats
8. Showing your Rats
9. Breeding Rats
List of Clubs and Publications

SALE Price: The older edition of Rats is only US$5 plus shipping.  California residents add $.38 sales tax.

Shipping in the U.S. is $5.60 for Priority Mail (this amount will also cover the shipping cost for any combination of up to 3 books or booklets)  or $3 by Media Mail.
Shipping to Canada for this book is US$11
Shipping to Overseas for this book is US$16.75

For payment options, see the top of the page.

NOTICE:  Please be sure to say to whom you want Debbie to sign the book!


Rats: Practical Advice from the Expert

This is the new 3rd edition of Debbie’s rat care book, published in 2011. It is mostly the same as the 2nd edition, but does have a few updates and corrections, and some new photos, including those of hairless and Dumbo rats, some new health photos, and Debbie’s husband Larry on page 125.

NOTICE:  Please be sure to say to whom you want Debbie to sign the book!

Also available as an e-book for Kindle on Amazon.com.

Price: US$10 plus shipping.  California residents add $.75 sales tax.

Shipping in the U.S. is $5.60 for Priority Mail (this amount will also cover the shipping cost for any combination of up to 3 books or booklets) or $3 by Media Mail.


Shipping to Canada for this book is US$11
Shipping to Overseas for this book is US$16.75

For payment options, see the top of the page.


Rat Training is more than just a book on “how to teach your rats tricks.” While it does explain the basics of training, and how to teach your rat 41 tricks, it also gives you tips on how to read your rats’ body language and behavior, and explains what similarities between us facilitate a close bond. It discusses scientific experiments that illuminate the rat’s intelligence, including their ability to think, dream, count and add, and tell apart different human languages, giving dates when a topic gained media attention. It talks about how rats are used in education, including the Xtreme Rat Challenge, formerly known as the Rat Olympics.

 

This book also includes tips and anecdotes gathered from interviews with professional animal trainers, including the famous “Rat Man” who trained the rats for the original movie Willard.  It also includes information on how rats are trained for live performance shows, such as a recycling show where the rats put different objects into the right recycling bin.  It explains how rats were trained to pull wires through the conduits of schools to help hook computers up to the internet.

 

Rat Training also includes instructions for practical behavior training, such as litter box training, introducing new rats, and overcoming a rat’s fears.  In addition, there is a chapter on activities, such as games, mazes, and obstacle courses, that can be taught to rats just for fun or for science projects.

Table of Contents

1. Rats and Humans
2. How Smart Are Rats?
3. Training Basics
4. Practical Training
5. Preparing for Trick Training
6. Introductory Tricks
7. Advanced Tricks

8. Prop Tricks
9. Games and Science Projects

10. Project Plans for Tricks
Appendix: Intelligence Test

NOTICE:  Please be sure to say to whom you want Debbie to sign the book!

This book is also available as an e-book for Kindle on Amazon.com.

Rat Training is US$18 plus shipping.  California residents add $1.35 sales tax.

Shipping in the U.S. is $5.60 for Priority Mail (this amount will also cover the shipping cost for any combination of up to 3 books or booklets) or $3.50 for Media Mail.

 

Shipping to Canada for the Training book is US$11.00.
Shipping to Overseas for the Training book is US$16.75

For payment options, see the top of the page.


 

For 1 book plus the booklet sent outside of the U.S. the shipping is:

To Canada US$12.50

Overseas: US$18.75

 

For 2 books sent outside of the U.S. the shipping is:

To Canada: $13.75

Overseas: $24.50

 

For 2 books plus the booklet sent outside of the U.S. the shipping is:

To Canada: US$16.75

Overseas: US$24.25


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