Rat Rescuer and Hospice
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Toronto, Canada
OK we'll play a little game of elimination here.
1) Stroke - extreme onset, Circling,headtilt (not always) dizziness and confusion are basic symptoms, that with treatment (meds and steroids) sometimes can return to normal within a short time. Untreated the rat will die right away or will recover much more slowly.
2) PT (pituitary tumour) - slower onset, a lot of symptoms are circling, headtilt (not always), confusion, lack of motor skills with grasping of the front paws being a main one. The rat slowly declines or can die within 24-48 hours after onset of symptoms. Treatment is meds and steroids to reduce the inflammation/pressure of the tumour on the brain. Short term prognosis.
3) Inner Ear Infection - head tilt can show up quickly, circling, confusion, then illness, sometimes discharge and bad smell from ear.
Treatment is a strong course of abs (baytril alone will not cure), and steroids to reduce inflammation. Inner Ear Infection is very curable, although the meds have to be strong enough to kill those bacteria.
Your boy sounds like he has inner ear infection. Go back to the first vet, insist on baytril and some other hardhitting drug in combination, oral steroid like prednisone (make sure she gives you a wean off schedule) and medicate for at least 4 weeks. With his appetite and happiness he should be fine. Do not wait since he's going to suffer and die if you follow vet #2's advice.
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