Evening Times

Wobbly rat

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MY three-year-old rat is walking with his head tilted to one side and in circles. What’s wrong?

ONE of the commonest health problems in rats is respirator­y disease, which is commonly caused by a type of bacterium. The bacteria can spread to the middle ear and an infected rat can develop a head tilt and may lose their balance.

Another possible cause of a head tilt is a tumour in the brain, but this is less common.

Take your rat to your vet so a diagnosis can be made and any treatment started. To prevent respirator­y disease, clean rats’ cages out regularly and house them on suitable bedding.

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