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Vet Head turned to the side


Cavy Slave
Jan 26, 2012
Rosey has been turning her head to the side. Im not sure when it started. It seems to have happened gradually over the last couple weeks. She has a vet appointment today at 3. She is eating, drinking, popping & playing as normal. She seems to even have gotten a little braver. She usually hides in her favorite spot instead coming up for nose rubs.

I tried looking up reasons and I only came across ear infection or stroke. Has anyone else had a piggy do this? At first it was just cute because it was only sometimes. I thought she was just "keeping an eye on us".

I think she gets plenty of vitamin c. She eats Oxbow and gets veggies. Favorite being red bell pepper.

I'm hopping to have some info to go off of when I go to the vet.
Everyone is going to hate me for this but i will still put it out there
My guinea pig all of a sudden started to tilt her head and i though she was going to die. I called the vet to see what to do because i cant take them to the vet (yup everyone please dont rip me apart for saying that) I gave her tons a Vitamin C becuase the vet said if she was sick that she would need alot of Vitamin C to fix Her. I kept a close eye on her and kept all of the noices away. She kept hiding in her bed and she would eat but not play. I even had to stick the water bottle right into her hut to drink. That night i said good bye to her becuase i really thought she was dieing. The next morning i woke up and she was still alive.
I Coulnt seperate my guinea pigs becuase i felt it would stress her to much and I didnt have anyway to seperate them. But to try and prevent diseasing the other guinea pig i changed out the blankets alot.
In the end i found out she was actually allergic to the fleece i stuck in becuase it had dog hair on it. (I bought it from some person with a dog)

Now she is fine

This is what the vet said to me
~Is she stressed or did she get a big change to her environment
~Is she allergic to hay or anything
~If i was giving her enough veggies

Goodluck with your guinea pig
MamaMilly, the most frequent cause of head tilt is an ear infection. There's also a condition called "wry neck," which I think is sort of like what we would call a "crick in the neck," except less painful. The other possibility is something neurological.

Since it came on over several days, I'm betting against neurological or wry neck and in favor of an ear infection. If the vet gives you antibiotics, be sure to ask about probiotics as well. Some vets recommend them, some don't, but if you have some on hand it will save chasing out to the drugstore to get some.
Definitely get her started on antibiotics right away. Hopefully it is not too late to reverse the head tilt.
Well, back from the vet. Not an exotic specialist. Pretty much a waste of money. Said no external ear infection or mites. I told him the if it were an ear infection I would think it was a middle or inner since she has the head tilt. The ear drum is intact, no pus or infection. said there was a little debris in the ear canal. He cleaned that out. He gave me 10 days worth of antibiotics. I hate when vets dont know what is wrong.
Hrmmmm, I don't know what you should do about it, because you did get the antibiotics, and I would think that would clear up an infection if there was one... But you may want to get a second opinion from a vet who specializes in exotics, just to be sure it isn't something serious. Check out this link (Veterinarians and Clinics), I searched for vets near Buford, cause that's where it says you're from. That second one, for Johns Creek Vet Clinic, has an exotic vet, Dr. Kim, so maybe you could look into an appointment with her, or even just a phone call explaining the situation, to get her opinion. Johns Creek is listed as the nearest GP vet to Buford, but maybe one of the places that are more like 30 miles away, in Atlanta, would have a better exotic vet, I would figure that they would gather more in cities (population density and availability of clientele and all that).

And @Nicholle, please read this whole paragraph before you begin to get mad at me. I know you've been hearing this a lot lately, but I'm not really sure you're giving out the best advice. I know from soph's post that you're not really in the position to pay for a vet or get to an experienced one without a drive, but most owners have taken the money into account and have an emergency fund. And in Milly's case, she's well within a 20-30 minute drive from a vet. I don't think that not going to a vet is the best idea, especially in the case of an animal that is extremely good at hiding illnesses (for wild cavies, weakness is death, so weakness is hidden). If something is presenting, it's probably been there for a while, and a ear infection causing a head tilt is something serious, which turns a healthy pig into a special needs pig for the rest of their lives. I know I'm not going to change your mind about your choices on funds and vet care, but I just want to make you think about the advice you're giving. What if someone listens to you, doesn't take their pig to the vet, and (in this case) the easily treatable minor head tilt turns into a true head tilt, which cannot be fixed. Your well-meaning advice just (to humanize it) disabled a pig. I am NOT saying "*mad face* don't give out advice, it's wrong" but I just want you to think about what you would do in their case, given unlimited resources and the perfect situation. Give that perfect situation advice, and then allow the person to take that advice as they will. They know their bank accounts, they know the vets in the area, if they can't afford a vet bill or can't get there, they won't go to the vet.
I understand what your getting at @sillylittle I just wanted her to not worry, becuase we both no that stress is bad for piggies. I am not saying she shouldnt.
Haha sorry i guess i didnt finish my thought :O woops
I wanted to say that she should go if she can. I do have a reason i cant go and im not trying to stop others. I really do know that the vet is a real big part of owning a guinea pig and i feel really bad that i cant give that to my piggy. I was just trying to give some knowledge that i had from when my piggy had that and if it came out wrong i really am sorry. Please forgive me if i ever come out like a bad person i just get real touchy on the subject that i cant actually give that to my piggy
Sorry you had a poor vet experience, at least you got antibiotics (the best thing for your little one right now).
What antibiotics did the vet give you? Did he give you probiotics?
I'd recommend trying to see an exotic vet if you can if the antibiotics aren't working at all. Sometimes vets who aren't specialised will give you a general antibiotic that doesn't always target the problem.
It can be hard for the vet to see any infection, especially if there is debris in the ear canal. I think it's a good idea to do a bout of antibiotics (which one was prescribed?). Even if the infection is cleared up, though, your pig may still have the head tilt.
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