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Please help my mouse has scabs on his tail and the tip is all black and withered and dead please help bet wont help

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Dear Bree,

When a mouse tail is injured, the injured portion turns black and falls off. The tail may be injured in a number of ways-- a fight, even with a wild mouse if the tail was out of the bars; or getting caught in the wheel; are two possibilities.

You should wash the tail off and then apply a triple antibiotic ointment such as Neosporin, very lightly (whatever is extra the mouse will eat, so the less tha better). Apply the ointment 2-3 times daily until the tail is clean and healthy. The black part will eventually fall off, and the mouse will not care.

Watch to make sure there are no signs of infection such as redness, swelling, open wounds, or a bad smell. If this happens, the mouse should go to a vet better trained in mice-- Someone trained in "exotics" or "pocket pets." It will need antibiotics; even an infection on the tail can kill the mouse through blood poisoning.

I have also thrown the question out to a few other mousepeople, so if anyone has a different idea I will write again; however, this is a common reaction to tail injury.

Best of luck and a speedy recovery.

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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