Figure 3: Inner ear infection and head tilt in a 7-month-old female rat
Case history and photo
Mäski has had a severe eye infection at the age of 7 months (injury related).
Head tilt due to inner ear infection.
Mäski was treated with the antibiotic, chloropal forte, for her ear infection for a number of weeks.
Although the head tilt remained after a number of weeks on the antibiotic, Mäski seemed to do well. Four months later however, she suffered a stroke and had to be euthanized.
Mäski’s owner states in her experience head tilts can result from inner ear or eye infections. She advises to see a veterinarian immediately after seeing the first symptoms and to start with antibiotics right away. She feels that even hours can make a difference in the outcome.
Photo shows head tilted to one side, and porphyrin stains around eyes
Case history and photo courtesy of Ursi Glatz