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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-05-2007, 01:17 PM Thread Starter
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Head tilt: is it treatable?

I got a couple people who contacted me,I posted an ad& said I will take in pet rats people in the province is trying to re-home& I'm being contacted.Which is absolutely great.

Problem is,a couple people contacted me saying they had rats that had head tilt.
One girl that contacted me today said the rat was dropped as a baby& has a crooked neck& "spins in circles" sometimes.
Sounds like head tilt right?
I was wondering if that's treatable?
I have no experience with it whatsoever.
I'd feel really bad having to see a rattie like that
I don't want to discriminate between any rats.
I'd be willing to take in any at all!!
But that is something that is going to upset me if it can't be treated at least..the thought of the rat spinning around lost like


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I can't turn away any animal.
Here's a description...both are in a kind of bad shape (part of the email sent to me by the girl i'm getting them from):
ones name is buster and he is black and white,
he is the one with the head tilt,
the others name is baxter and he is beige.
he has only a half tail.
i suspect it was bitten offf by another rat in the pet store,
because when my friend recived him it was like it


I have decided to adopt both.
Please let me know about head tilt guys?
I would like to know if they are supposed to be on medication or anything like that.
Forgive me for adopting the two rats on a whim.
I have experience with rats,just not with head tilt& I'd definately provide veterinary care no matter the cost.
You guys know that

Might need to re-name "Buster" though.As in the rat,not my rabbit! hehe


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Head tilt usually means an inner ear infection. It is treatable but if it goes on for too long it will be permanent. From what I understand if it stays it's not bad but you want to get rid of the infection first. The rats need a vet.

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not always bad

My girl had head tilt so we gave her meds and some powerful shows when she didn't improve. When she didn't we found out she had cancer :'(. So yea it's best to get it checked out fast so you can make sure it's nothing huge.

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best wishes *hugs*

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It has been going on for a year .
She said the rat was "dropped" as a baby& got a crooked neck& spins sometimes due to being dropped.
This rat hasnt seen veterinary care in his life.
Haven't heard back from her yet...but you can bet this rat will get veterinary treatment ASAP,same with the one that has his tail bitten off.
Peeves me off when people don't take their pets to the vet.
Don't know why they even have pets.
Poor rats!
I'll be making an appointment so that when I get the rat I can take time off work& have him...both of them,seen to.
Hopefully its nothing too serious & something can be done!


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wow, i hope the vet can help the little guy!

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I think he may need lots of meds! But I'll definately get him whatever he needs He deserves a better life the poor little thing.
Still waiting to hear back from the girl


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I have dealt with head tilt,as well as a few people I know.They do need meds/antiobiotics.However this may only clear the infection part up and most rats have the tilt for the remaining of their lives.They learn to cope tho,but it is pitiful to see.

Head tilts are usually caused by inner ear infections,strokes or brain tumors.The rats lose balnce and run around in circles and cannot control balance.It can affect them from eating too,so you may even have to start force feeding if it gets that bad.

Good for you for taking them in.They need a much better home then what they got.





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The girl never contacted me since I said i'd take them to the vet.
They need to see a vet!!!
Did I scare her off?
I want to hear about these ratties!!!
She's not taking them to the vet at all


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Update... read this!!! http://www.paw-talk.net/forums/f129/...tml#post441767

To say my heart is broken would be an understatement!!!


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Uh-oh...that can't be good.Going to check it out now!




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