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I've had my pet mouse for about 2 years now and i know that she will be dying soon. she is just kinda acting weird and i wanna make sure its nothing i or anyone in my family could catch. she was fine up until a few days ago when she wasn't moving very much and was covered in what looked like her own pee. she hasn't been eating or drinking. she keeps coughing and its looks like her back legs are numb or something. she moves a little bit but not much.i took her out and  put her in a bowl of water and instead of swimming like she normally does,she fell to one side and almost drowned. i tried to pet her little head and she swatted me away. she keeps coughing and twitching. she has the same bedding as always and her bed that she normally sleeps in ,is covered in feces.

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Hi Samantha,

I hope that if she is still with you, you will consider bringing her to your veterinarian and ending her suffering.  It sounds like she is in a lot of pain and discomfort, and it breaks my heart to hear how badly she is doing.

In answer to your question, no, this is not something that is dangerous to you or your family.  It sounds like she has simply reached her time, and from what you've described, like her little body is shutting down.  She is not infectious, but just like always, I would recommend washing your hands before and after handling any pet, just for the sake of cleanliness.

I'm so sorry for your loss,
-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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