What is head tilt in bunnies?

Head tilt in bunnies, also known as wry neck or torticollis, is a condition characterized by the tilting or twisting of the rabbit's head to one side. It can be caused by various factors, including ear infections, trauma, inner ear problems, parasites, or neurological issues. The most common cause is an infection called Pasteurella multocida, which affects the inner ear and can lead to head tilt.

Symptoms of head tilt in bunnies may include the following:

1. Tilting or twisting of the head to one side.

2. Loss of balance and coordination.

3. Circling or walking in circles.

4. Difficulty eating or drinking.

5. Nystagmus (rapid, involuntary eye movements).

6. In severe cases, paralysis or inability to move.

If you suspect your bunny has head tilt, it is important to consult a veterinarian who has experience with rabbits. The vet will perform a thorough examination to determine the underlying cause and recommend appropriate treatment. Treatment may include antibiotics to address infections, anti-inflammatory medications, supportive care, and sometimes physical therapy to help the bunny regain balance and coordination.

Head tilt in bunnies can be a serious condition, and early intervention is crucial for a better prognosis. It's important to provide a comfortable and quiet environment for the bunny, with easy access to food and water. Regular veterinary check-ups and proper rabbit care can help prevent and manage head tilt in rabbits.

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