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Hello,
I have a 1 year old female mouse who has suddenly gotten very ill overnight. She is very listless and does not move around much at all. She appears to have issues moving her legs as well. There is blood like discharge coming out of her nostrils and eyes. She has eaten very little and we have just gotten her to drink a little water with some vitamins but we have no idea what to do. There is no suitable vets in our area and I just hate seeing her suffer. I was thinking it may be her time to pass but she has held on for over 12 hours and I just want to know if there is anything I can do for her.

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Hi Bronwyn,

I'm sorry I did not see this sooner.  My fingers are crossed that one way or another, your pet is no longer suffering.

I think you are correct that it was her time.  Sometimes these things can happen very suddenly, but it doesn't sound like anything that could have been helped, especially not that quickly.  The most important thing you could possibly do for her is be there for her - she knows you and you are a comfort by just being near.  She knows she is loved, and that is most important.

I'm sorry, again, and if you have any other questions please let me know and I will do my best to assist.

-Tam

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I can answer questions regarding mice as pets, mouse behavior, color and coat genetics, breeding techniques, and general health questions. I can help with caging and setup, nutrition, social issues, and what to do in most mouse emergencies (such as unplanned litters, injuries, fighting, etc.). I can also assist with questions pertaining to orphaned mouse pups, weaning litters, and questions of mating and birthing. I cannot answer questions about exotic or wild varieties of mice such as spiny or pygmy mice. *****FOR EMERGENCIES, anything requiring immediate medical intervention, PLEASE take your mouse to a professional veterinarian or wildlife rehabilitator who works with mice as soon as possible! IMPORTANT RESOURCES: Raising Orphaned Mice: http://www.rmca.org/Articles/orphans.htm Orphaned Mice Videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/CreekValleyCritters/videos?query=raising Natasha's Your First Mouse: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNK4uqNZTbA&feature=share General Mouse Help: http://www.fancymice.info/ Mouse Info and Exotic Breeds: http://www.hiiret.fi/eng/species/

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I have enjoyed the companionship of mice nonstop since 2004, and spent a year caring for them in a lab where I learned a great deal about their breeding, social needs, and health. I spent a few years breeding them, specifically working with albinos, marked mice, angora mice, and satins. My education never stopped - I am learning something new every day from current and well-established research thanks to the wonderful folks at the Jackson Laboratory, as well as from my wonderful mousey friends online. I also love learning from my terrific questioners here on AllExperts - you folks keep my passion for these amazing animals alive and well!

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Partial University for a B.S. in Microbiology, Partial University for a 2-year degree in Veterinary Technology (RVT cert), C.E. classes in pathogens, aseptic technique, genetics, and applications

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