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Is this Rat orbital tightening?

Discussion in 'Small Animal Chat' started by DinoLauren, Mar 8, 2019.

  1. DinoLauren

    DinoLauren PetForums Newbie

    Jan 17, 2019
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    78E43A5F-91A7-42AC-969B-B73C31C570BC.jpeg C92F651C-7088-40D2-8B74-1F92B4D69C39.jpeg Hi everyone,

    I lost this boys brother before Christmas to a brain tumour so am prehaps a little paranoid but could someone let me know if he looks Ok according to the the grimace scale?


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  2. Engel98

    Engel98 PetForums Senior

    Oct 7, 2018
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    Hey @DinoLauren sorry it took so long for someone to answer your post.

    I'll start off by saying that I'm not a vet and any concerns should be spoke about with your vet.

    I believe your little rattie is ok and it's perfectly ok to be 'paranoid'! His whiskers aren't bunched and he doesn't look drawn in the face; ears and eyes look normal too!

    Some brain issues can be hereditary and not all show signs/symptoms but some to look out for are:
    -Weight. (increase/decrease dramatically)
    -face looks thin and drawn
    -eyes bulging (boggling is normal)
    -Head tilting (red/ruby eyed rats sway and tilt their heads normally as they cant see as well)
    -appetite loss
    -skin and coat care (is the rat able to groom itself. does he look unkept and scruffy?)

    How old is your lil' squish and does he have anymore friends to live with or was it just them two?

    I hope I could help and put your mind at rest. If you need anymore advice I'll be happy to help! :)
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