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Hi, I know i asked about a red bump on my females rear end a while ago but i couldn't get her to the vet and i got home today and she was in the nest box looking weak. she wasn't moving around a lot and she still has a red bump from her rear end and sometimes it bleeds. she is the most skittish of my mice and hates being handled. usually when i go into the room she hides until i leave but today she just sat there. mallow is housed with 1 other female and that female has 8 babies at the moment. should i move her? should i take her to the vet or do you recommend a certain treatment?
please help I've lost 2 of my past mice from sickness and i really don't want her to die.
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Hadley

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Hi Hadley,

The fastest way to help her is to get her to the vet as soon as you can.  Since I do not know what the cause of the problem is, all I would be able to offer would be general treatments to protect her from general infections, but the very most important thing is to find out what the bump is, what caused it, and to help her manage her pain.  The best way to do that the fastest and most accurately is with a professional veterinarian's help.

I would, however, recommend going ahead and moving her right now.  Since we do not know the cause of the bump, and because she is acting sick and in pain, it is best that she be separate from the babies.  Due to the location of her bump, do not try to lift her by her tail - scoop her up when she is resting in a toy or hide and gently move her to a prepared cage with a very soft bedding.

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-Tam

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