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I HAD TO PUT MY MICE TO SLEEP YESTERDAY .ONE WAS SCRATCHED ALL UP FROM EXCESSIVE SCRATCHING EVEN AFTER INTERVECTIN FOR 3 WEEKS.I HAD PREVIOSLY TOOK THEM BOTH TO THE VET OCT 2 13 .THE OTHER ONE HAD EXCESSIVE BLOAT BLOWING UP TO A SIZE OF A GOLFBALL IN HER STOMACH AND HIND QUARTERS THIS WAS THE BIGGEST SHE GOT THIS HAPPENED TWO DAYS AGO I PANICKED AND TOOK HER TOO THE VET AND PUT THEM BOTH TOO SLEEP.WHEN I TOOK HER TOO THE VET SHE DID NOT KNOW WHY SHE WAS BLOATED AND SHE SAID BAYTRILL WOULD KNOCK OUT WHAT SHE HAD IF IT WAS AN INFECTION THE BLOAT WENT DOWN UNTIL THE MEDICINE WAS GONE BUT THEN CAME BACK THEY BOTH TOOK IT FOR SEVEN DAYS.THEY BOTH STARTED CLEARING UP AFTER THE MEDICINE BUT SURELY CAME BACK AFTER I ALREADY SPENT 81 IN OCTOBER AND GOT NOWHERE I DONT HAVE THE INCOME TO KEEP TAKING THEM TO THE VET THATS WHY I MADE THE DECISION I WAS TERRIFIED I WOULD NOT HAVE THE MONEY WHEN THE POSSIBLE TIME CAME WHEN I HAD TO PUT HER DOWN IN A FEW DAYS A WEEK I DONT KNOW I DID NOT WANT TO SEE THEM SUFFER WHEN ONE BLEW UP FROM THE BLOAT AND THE OTHER ONE GOT WOUNDS TOO BAD FROM SCRATCHING.THE VET CUT OPEN THE BLOATED ONE AFTER SHE WAS PUT DOWN SHE SAID IT LOOKED LIKE A BACTERIAL INFECTION VIRUS AND EXCESSIVE GAS WHAT I WOULD LIKE TOO KNOW HAVE YOU EVER FOUND HAS ANYONE OUT THERE ANYONE EVER CURED THIS INFECTION EVER OF ALL THE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE ON THE INTERNET I NEVER READ THEY CURED THIS CONDITION WITH MEDICINE OR OTHERWISE WAS I WRONG TO PUT HER DOWN SHOULD I  GAVE HER DIFFERENT ROUND OF MEDICINE AND PRAY FOR THE BEST.I FEEL SO GUILTY ABOUT THIS I KINDA REGRET IT.I USED A DIFFERENT VET THIS TIME SHE SEEMED MORE KNOWEDGEABLE BUT I COULD NOT KEEP AFFORDING TO TAKE THEM IN BUT BEFORE CUTTING HER OPEN SHE DID NOT KNOW WHY.I ALSO NOTICE AT PETCO THERES OTHER MICE THAT ARE BLOATED WHERE I GOT THEM.HAVE YOU EVER KNOWN ANYBODY THAT GOT THIS CURED OR ANYONE OUT THERE THAT GOT THIS CURED WITH THIS BACTERIAL INFECTION VIRUS WITH BLOATING WAS PUTTING HER TOO SLEEP THE RIGHT THING TOO DO COULD I HAVE CURED HER THIS TIME OR WOULD BE BACK WITHIN THREE WEEKS HAVING TOO PUT HER DOWN I KINDA WISH I DIDNT POSSIBLY KNOWING I MAYBE COULD HAVE CURED HER EVEN THOUGH I COULD NOT AFFORD TO KEEP TAKING HER IN.I also had fear she would get bad on the weekend WHEN I COULD NOT TAKE HER TOO THE VET.MY QUESTION IS YOU OR OR ANYONE OUT THERE HAS ANYONE EVER CURED THIS BLOAT OF ALL THE PEOPLE THAT GO ONTHE INTERNET IVE NEVER READ THEY CURED IT.PLEASE WRITE BACK.

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Dear Marie,

I do know what this bloat is, and you might want to tell your vet. It seems that sometimes a mouse gets a little obstruction between the stomach and intestine. The mouse will bloat. Then the obstruction will move, the gas can pass, and the mouse slims down. It shifts back and obstructs the intestine, and the mouse bloats again. Eventually she blows up enough that it kills her. It must be very uncomfortable, so putting her down was the right thing to do.

I am so sorry about the passing of both of your mice.

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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