Often on the forums, people will post with problems that their pets are having, and I'll recommend that they take the animal to a vet. Oftentimes other people will suggest home remedies, and it's very frustrating. Well here's why I stress over and over again how important it is to seek vet care for small animals.
Pinball is blind and deaf. Pinball has neurological damage. Pinball runs in circles and weaves his head endlessly. Pinball is having his second dental operation in a month's time next week. Pinball gets eye drops three times a day, and antibiotics twice a day.
Pinball is blind and deaf and can't eat because his owner didn't seek vet care for him. They adopted him from a family on Craigslist. When they got him, they said his eye was watering. The mom treated it at home with saline wash. She said it would get better and worse but since it got better each time she never took him to the vet.
The watering eye was caused by being poked by hay. The watering eye got infected. The infected eye spread back into his ear canals. He gained a head tilt. The horrible pain in his head caused him to eat less. His teeth overgrew. Then he couldn't eat. His infection became worse and worse until pus leaked out of his eye almost constantly, and by reports of his owner would seal the eye shut and he would cry and cry if it wasn't cleaned multiple times a day.
By the time the owner finally took him to the vet, it was "too expensive" and he was surrendered to our rescue. Because his owner didn't want to spend $100 at the vet to begin with, now this poor animal is permanently disabled.
So please. If you think your pet may be sick, don't wait
. Go to the vet. It's worth the money for your pet to be healthy!