Quarantine Procedures for RatsPacNW Shows
3 weeks minimum quarantine
Viruses can spread quickly between rats. If you suspect any rats in your care are
sick with a transmittable disease do not enter them in the show! RatsPacNW
wants to continue with shows in the NW and we need your help by following proper
- Not allowing people who own rodents to be in contact
with your show rats if you keep them in the same "contained air space"* as your
other rats. If you have rats that are to be placed with current rodent owners, meet
them outside or at an offsite location. Explain to them why you are in
quarantine. If they would like to meet your other rats set a date after QT is
How does this effect ride sharing and staying at
another's home the night(s) before a show?
If a person chooses to carpool or share residence during
QT for a show, then it is their responsibility to make sure that all rats
entering the car or home are free from any health problems. If any airborne
problem shows up during health check, then none will be allowed to enter. If parasites are found, then only those in the same cage as the affected rat will
not be allowed to enter.
- Absolutely NO NEW RATS may be taken into the same
"contained air space"* as the rats intended for show during this three week
period. Rats can be traded, purchased, or accepted via shipment as long as
they are not brought to the area of your show rats. You will also need to make
arrangements to clean yourself if you come into contact with any new rodent
before entering the area you keep your show rats. Ideally, trades, shipments and
purchases will be conducted after a show.
- If ANY rat having air contact with your show rats
becomes ill, dies unexpectedly or have unexplained issues you should withdraw
entry from the show. If you have questions on their illness or unexplained
issues, please report this immediately to either the show director or the
RatsPacNW board. They will make final decisions as to wither the show rats are
safe to enter the show or if you need to withdraw entry.
- Quarantine ends after health inspection at the show.
If you have one rat found to be ill, then you will be asked to leave with all
your rats! Please, do not bring ill rats and reconsider bringing any if you
suspect a problem. Contact the show director or a member of the RatsPacNW board
for help deciding.
*This means any room that has the possibility of the same
air flow affecting both spaces.
Show and beyond:
Plastic show boxes are preferred on the judges table.
If you present your rat in a wire cage, the judges will ask that the next show
you bring a plastic show box. Eventually, plastic show boxes will be required
- While attending an event, do not handle others rats or
allow your rats to be handled. If handling occurs insist on the use of hand
sterilizer before and after.
- Do not allow rats to come into contact with your
- Do not allow rats to run loose on cage tops or carry
rats around a room that are not in a plastic show box.
Beware of rat sales in the parking lot.
- RatsPacNW does not condone rats being traded, sold, or transferred outside the
show building. These rats may not have been through a proper quarantine. If you
see such a sale, please notify a RatsPacNW member or the show director.
- Improperly QT'ed rats may still pass on viruses to rats in the show by people
who have handled them and unknowingly bringing it into the show.
you have rats that did not make the age mark of 6 weeks for the show you will
need to make other arrangements for delivery.
- After show quarantine is recommended for a minimum of
2 weeks with 3 being best.
- We recommend that all cages at the show also be
disinfected with a bleach and water mix or another disinfectant.
- If a health
problem occurs, quarantine should begin over. Some viruses require a period
longer than 3 weeks to be eradicated.