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Hi Natasha,

I only got my baby last week. I chose her because she's extremely amazingly small. I think she might have a few inbreeding problems. One however I only noticed today.

Her bottom tooth has grown so large (and rapidly) it is just under her nose now. I don't know if this is because she's still so small and she will grow into it, or if it's a serious medical issue.

I'm trying not to take her to the vet as I fear any kind of sedation might kill her. (She's about 6 cm including the tail, and she is 8 weeks old)

I've read on-line that you can give them something hard to chew on. But I'm scared that it might be too late for that.

Can they survive with a particularly large bottom tooth?

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Dear Jessica,

The vet will not sedate her. They will clip her tooth. They may show you how to do it in case it happens again, if you trust yourself. You will probably be able to do it with good nail clippers; ask the vet what you need

Afterwards, do make sure she always has something hard to chew on., The best I can think of is a walnut in its shell, or other nut with a hard shell (thinking.. Brazil nut maybe). You would make a hole in the nut, or crack it, first. The best would be to make a hole with a drill, big enough for her little nose to go in to the first taste, so she really has to chew.

I truly hope this is not a perpetual problem. It is true that it is possible, under sedation, to remove the root, but you are right, I really do not, not, not recommend that, even with a skilled vet.

Best of luck.

Squeaks,

Natasha  

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I can answer questions about raising mice and caring for them as pets, with knowledge from my 38 years of having fancy mice as pets. I have NO MEDICAL TRAINING and you should take a sick mouse to the vet; but if you simply can't, I will try to help you. I LOVE PHOTOS!!! I ALSO LOVE UPDATES! Let me know how the little tyke is doing later on, for better or worse, especially orphans. It also helps me to help the next person. Please first search first: use 'Natasha Mice Mouse' with whatever else your question includes. Or check out these links: **** YOUR FIRST MOUSE (my video; rough draft): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNK4uqNZTbA&feature=share **** TEN VIDEOS ON RAISING ORPHANS: http://www.youtube.com/user/CreekValleyCritters/videos?query=raising **** SEXING MICE: http://www.thefunmouse.com/info/sexing.cfm **** And some GREAT MOUSE INFO SITES: http://thefunmouse.com/info/index.cfm http://www.rmca.org/Resources/mousefaq.htm

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I have had mice for 40 years (since I was 5!). I raised them when I was a child but now I keep all females, and never fewer than three so that if one dies the others are not devastated, because they have each other.

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I run Rats and Mice are Awesome on Facebook. The official name is Rats are Awesome.

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B.A., M.A., M.A. in Linguistics: Yale University and University of Connecticut

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