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    My rat Nelson got his head caught in a door when I closed it and now he's walking around with his head down but he is walking around. He has his head tilted and doesn't walk very straight but I think it's because he's just concussed a bit. I put him in his cage so he can rest without walking around but I am worried about him and if he will get better. If anybody has any advice on this I would greatly appreciate it.
     
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    He was perfectly normal before the door? Just want to rule out inner ear infection.
    Give him some infant liquid ibuprofen (if you give me a weight I can give you a dose) for pain and possible swelling. Or if you have Metacam/meloxicam that's even better.
     
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    Did his head get caught in the door or his neck?
    Door in your home or the cage door?
     
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    It was a house tour is head just got pinched but it might have been his neck I'm not sure. I let him rest overnight in his cage he seems to be fine but he's resting on his right side which i belive is the side causing him pain. Cant be sure weather it was his head or neck.
     
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    Yeah he was fine
     
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    what is his weight???? So lilspaz68 can suggest a dose for meds
    (a digital scale that weighs accurately to 1 gram and has a tare feature is an important resource for rat owners)
     
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    Have you taken him in to see a good vet knowledgeable
    and experienced in treating rats?
    or made an appointment?

    How is he now?
    Has he been given any meds? If so, what and strength (mg/ml)
     
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    I havent taken him in yet. Hes doing ok. Hes eating and drinking all hes doing is tilting his head and being lazy. He can still walk but I can see that he still struggles a little.
     
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    He likely needs pain meds, and probably an anti-inflammatory to relieve pressure on his brain etc ……
    Please take him in to be checked out by a good vet that has the knowledge and experience to treat rats !!!!

    He is not being lazy ……. he was seriously injured and requires medical care!
     
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    I will do that thank you
     
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    So I made an appointment with the vet next week. He's doing a lot better he doesn't have a head tilt and he's walking around perfectly fine. He lets me pet him. He has lost some of his friskyness but he's doing a lot better. Im still taking him in but is this a sign that he's recuperating on his own
     
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    I have no medical knowledge except personal experience as a pet owner but it sounds like he is feeling better - that is good news!!!
     
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    I agree, he does sound like he's doing much better.
     

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