Q&A The Yorkshire Vet
Vet Peter Wright works at Skeldale Veterinary Centre, the original James Herriot practice in Thirsk, North Yorkshire, and he’s also star of TV’S The Yorkshire Vet which is on Tuesdays at 8pm on Channel 5.
QMy pet rat’s head has become tilted. What could be the reason and is it something to cause concern? Kelly Strange, Northumberland The most common cause of head tilt in rats is an infection in the middle/inner ear. The head tilt may increase and the rat could roll over altogether. I recommend you see your vet quickly as early treatment is likely to provide a better outcome. Your vet will probably prescribe antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs, possibly for two-to-three weeks. You may need to give support by syringing a sloppy meat or vegetable mix into your rat’s mouth.