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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-26-2008, 04:25 AM Thread Starter
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Pepper is so clumsy..why?

I know I posted a thread about Pepper not so long ago and I know I worry to much, but it's my nature LOL...well especially when they are my babies

So, Pepper is being very clumsy and I don't know why!? By clumsy I mean he gets his footing wrong a lot of the time, trips, stumbles and he can't seem to balance properly? for example, I changed their cage around a bit so I could get the new ferret hammock in a week ago and to get out of it they have to climb onto the bars and go over the top of the tube. Everyone of them apart from Pepper can do that with no problems, Pepper slips and slides around when he gets to the tube and loses balence, sometimes landing on his side on the top level!
I'm getting a bit worried about him because I have the faintest idea of whats wrong, I mean, it's been 6 months now since I got him, so he is probebly around 7 months old from the age that I supposedly got them from, the thing is though, that I've almost convinced myself he is older than that because he has not really grown since I got him and the signs that he is showing and that I can only think of is old age, do you have any idea's why he is finding it hard to keep balance and control of himself? Occationally when he is out on me I have to be careful because he will fall head over heels, rolling down my back! I don't understand whats going on with him and I know I might be worrying to much, but I'm getting confused, if anyone has any hints or ideas, please share, they will be much appreciated!
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i think maybe a vet trip is in order so you can rule out ear issues. like us, rats need their ears for balance. if there's an infection, the balance is off.

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oh! I didn't know that! Thanks, I will keep an eye about that, but he does not have a head tilt?


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Balance issues can be caused by ear infections or even brain tumors. I think he should definitely go to the vet because we here cannot tell you all the things that might be causing it.

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That's what I was thinking too, is inner ear issues. Does he have red eyes by chance?

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no, he does not have red eyes, just always has porophrine around them no matter what we do.
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could be a pituitary tumor...or one clumsy rat


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how can I tell if it's a tumour?


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I don't think you can unless you take him to the vet

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