Head Tilt - Tumor?

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  1. Aug 15, 2019 #1

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    Hey all. So about a week ago my oldest rat Rocky started having a head tilt. started out as just a tilt and then if i tipped him he would just roll over. No circles yet but I dont want to advance to that point. we have had him about a year and dont know how old he was when we got him but i would guess around 6 month. He has been on Amoxicillin for about a week now since I assumed it was a ear infection. There hasn't been any improvement in that time though so I'm worried its a tumor or stroke. He is still eating and seems fine but just tilted. Any advice would be great!
     

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    It could still be an ear Infection sometimes one medicine isn't enough to clear it fully. I have a little girl who had a bad ear infection and she will always have her head tilt/be dizzy I hope someone with more knowledge comes along.. I don't think it's a tumor and I feel like a stroke would effect them more but.. Who knows..?
     
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    Alright ive read a regiment of baytril with amoxicillin really helps. I'll have to pick up some baytril.
     
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    If you need help with dosing, lilspaz and jorats should be helpful!
     
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    Can you get us a video of your lad walking around? The pic looks like inner ear infection and amoxicillin probably isn't enough on its own to knock it out.
     
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    Classic inner ear infection for sure. I would definitely add baytril/Enrofloxacin and treat for 3-4 weeks. The tilt may lessen a lot, a little or not at all but once the active infection is gone he'll adapt to being a tilty and should be fine. I've seen a LOT worse don't worry :)
     
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    FYI... Baytril/enrofloxacin is the same thing. Just to clarify. Also, another FYI, you can find Baytril online at Jedds.com or Ladygouldianfinch.com, just in case you weren't aware.
     
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    Awesome thank for the tip! How will I know when the infection is totally gone? He isn't leaking at all from his ear.
     
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    You just have to treat for 3-4 weeks to make sure the infection is gone.
     
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    Alright thanks! I've had rats for around 19 years since i was around 10 and never had any health problems except the occasional sniffle and one stroke, until rocky got this ear thing. Its pretty new territory for me lol
     
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    Rats are a Learn on the Job pet :) You're doing great.
     

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