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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-03-2005, 09:40 PM Thread Starter
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Does anyone know anything about or have any experience with guinea pigs who have head tilt?

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It can mean the pig has a middle or inner ear infection, but it can also mean a number of other things such as seizures, parasites, etc. An ear infection is a serious problem that needs to be treated by a vet as soon as possible.


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The reason I am asking is because I am thinking about adopting a guinea pig from a rescue and he has head tilt. They took him to the vet and he was put on antibiotics and he still has the tilt. Is it just a genetic thing then? What do I do to care for him properly? I know I need to get a one story cage for starters, but what else?

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It is possible that the antibiotics were not appropriate for his infection, or maybe he has had it for so long untreated that it will permanently remain that way. Or it could be a genetic thing. I personally would take him to a different vet (one that specializes in small and exotic pets) and get a second opinion, just in case the head tilt is still treatable.

Besides building a one story cage (see www.cavycages.com) I can't think of anything else that would need to be different for him. Guinea pigs are suprisingly resilient animals and he will learn to adapt. Please keep us updated on him!


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I totally agree i was just going to suggest the same as Plummie but she's already given you great advice I'd definately get him checked out by another vet and get a second opinion to be sure Please keep us updated on him and how you go on!

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I would hope that someone who runs a guinea pig rescue would seek medical help from a an exotic animal vet, but I guess you never know. There's someone else who is interested in him, but if they don't take him I probably will, provided he's still there when I finish moving next month.

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