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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 10-14-2010, 12:35 AM Thread Starter
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Martha Has Head Tilt

Please say a prayer for my little Martha. She has head tilt, and I'm having my mom take her to the vet tomorrow for me (I have to work and my car is broken down).

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post #2 of 32 (permalink) Old 10-14-2010, 01:29 AM
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Poor Martha. I will be thinking healthy thoughts for her and hoping all will be well with her. Keep us posted on what happens, okay?

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Good luck, Martha! Hopefully it's not too serious and she'll get some ABs and be on her way home. Many rats have lived a perfectly long, healthy life with that condition. I'll be keeping you in my thoughts today.


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Thinking of Martha and sending good vibes!
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It's most likely a brain tumor according to the vet because of her history with tumors. I'm getting a second opinion.

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Excellent idea, I would get a second opinion too if my vet said it was a brain tumor. He/she could be wrong. Let us know what your next vet says. Keeping my fingers crossed.

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Only problem is that my car is broken down and my real vet is almost 45 minutes away.

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I hope you get your car fixed soon! I agree that the 2nd opinion is a good idea
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So besides a head tilt what are her other symptoms? How old is she?

Here are some of the symptoms you may see, but not necessarily every one of them.

Inner ear infection

head tilt
foul smell from ear
general illness
seems confused or dizzy
may roll or walk in circles from the tilt

Pituitary Tumor
may have head tilt (only 2 rats of mine had it out of a lot)
light limp feeling when picked up
not able to grasp well in one or both front paws
will shove front legs stiffly out in front of them (PT pushback)
may bump head up into your hand when you stroke over her head
confusion, not able to find things
wobbly, may fall over

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She has the head tilt, very skinny but always eats everything I give her, scoots herself across the cage on her left side and definitely falls over a lot. I put her in a one story cage. So from what you're saying, sounds like inner ear, which is what I thought.

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I am glad you are getting that 2nd opinion...Healing vibes to your car!

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I have the world's best parents. They took my car to Sears and got it fixed on their Sears card, 6 months no interest. So I have my car AND I have 6 months to pay off the repairs. I'm going to try to take her on Tuesday to the vet for a second opinion. There's no improvement and her motor skills seem to be getting worse. Last night I gave her a treat and she dropped it and started scooting all over the cage looking for it. I lost it and cried for about an hour. It's hard to watch.

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Oh, I am so sorry about this, I know how hard it is to see your little baby having difficulties and not being well. I can completely understand how you cried over this. It is heartbreaking. I hope very much all will be well with your girl and that you will have some good news from the second vet. Your parents are wonderful to help you with your car! Keeping my fingers crossed.

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I'm taking her to the second vet a 1:00 today.

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Let us know how it goes??

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