Q&A The York­shire Vet

Irish Sunday Mirror - - PET TALK - Peter Wright

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.

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