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Specialist Head Tilt And 'fits'

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curiousorange

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Hi, I wonder if any one has any experience of this. I adopted a pair of boars from someone who no longer wanted them a few weeks ago. 1 of them is around 3 years old, and had an operation over a year ago to remove a cyst from the side of his head. He now has a permanent head tilt, but I found out that he also 'fits' if I pick him up too suddenly, or if he scratches himself with his fast back leg. The fit will be him rolling onto his back and twitching violently for less than 2 seconds. He will then right himself and carry on as if nothing had happened. This happens once every few days. I keep handling to a minimum and he does not fit if I am very careful and gentle. The previous owners said that he has always done this, and the vet said it was a stigmatism. I'm not sure what this means. I have ivomecced him. Any advice? Thanks.
 

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Hi and welcome!

It rather sounds like there is a neurological issue with your guinea pig that causes the fitting. Determining what is really causing it is not quite easy and really the preserve of a specialist vet, if it can be diagnosed properly.

I am tagging our medically most knowledgeable member for you: @Pebble

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One of my rodents used to have fits in his final days but I could stop him from doing it when I saw he was about to have a fit by pretending I was about to pick him up, that would distract him and stop him from going into a fit. Scratching would always be the thing to set him off.

I've no advice to give as I put my rodent down (he was old and his fitting got severe suddenly and he would bite himself whilst fitting, probably all to do with a past ear infection/polyp). It's horrible to watch.
 
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