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I bought Tetracycline for my mice but it is in powder packets and I was wondering how much I should put in the water bottle. I have a 4oz water bottle and there is 500mg of tetracycline in each packet. Would it be better for me to get a bigger bottle or different medicine?
Thank you for your time, Alexis.

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Dear Alexis,

For a 4 oz bottle I would recommend no more than 1/2 of a 250 mg (1/4 tsp) capsule, which would be 1/8 tsp of powder, or 1/16 of your packet of powder.

If you do not want to use the teaspoon measure, then you can pour out the powder onto a flat surface, take a flat knife and push together and cut it exactly into 1/2; push half away and divide that 1/2 pile into exactly 1/2 as well, which will be 1/4. You will divide the powder exactly 4 times in total to get 1/16 of the original amount.

Don't forget to do an initial jump-start dose by making a mustard-like paste with the powder and getting a blob into her mouth or smearing it on the back of her ears or her face so she will lick it off.

Best of luck and health to the sneezing mouse !

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

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