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Gerbil with Ear Problem

Discussion in 'Rodents' started by Hannah Harmon, Oct 24, 2019.

  1. Hannah Harmon

    Hannah Harmon PetForums Newbie

    Oct 24, 2019
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    My three year old gerbil was tilting his head and scratching his ear all bloody two weeks ago. We took him to the vet the very next day, and they discovered he had mites. We treated him and the other gerbil in his enclosure, and he had eardrops to help his ear heal. It was looking a lot better, until the last day of that medication, which he was on for a week. All of the sudden on that last day he started scratching again, so we took him back again the very next day. They didn't find more mites, and said it was probably an inner ear infection, so I got an oral antibiotic to give him once a day for another week. Yesterday was his last day on that, and today he is tilting his head again, and can't seem to keep his balance. It doesn't look like he's scratching it again right now though. I know the vet mentioned how gerbils can get tumors in their ears. I was wondering if anyone knows if that's really what this could be. I am running out of money, and I can't keep taking him to the vet every week, as I haven't been successful in getting a job lately.
  2. Lurcherlad

    Lurcherlad PetForums VIP

    Jan 5, 2013
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    Really needs diagnosing by a vet - he might need more treatment/meds which I’m afraid you’ll have to find the money for.

    Anything inner ear related could be very painful so unless he improves within a day or two I would take him back.
    Hannah Harmon and Bugsys grandma like this.
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