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I am writing on behalf of my 11 year old son who has a beloved pet mouse, named Assassin (It's because she is so cute and tiny and black!).  He is very attached to her and I am concerned because she has been acting strangely for about the past week.

We noticed that one day last week she seemed to be having very loose stools, and the next day she was fine.  She acted normal for a few days and today when I went in to wake my son up, I looked at her and her jaw seems to be misshapen and swollen.  It isn't a tumor because it is equally swollen on each side.  She is a little quieter than usual but still responds to our voices and is eating normally.  

I am willing to take her to the vet, but it would be an extreme financial hardship to do so.  Thank you for any help you can offer:)

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Dear Andrea,

Unfortunately a vet visit is unavoidable. If it is a serious infection, any infection like that can turn to blood poisoning, so I don't even want to offer you a lesser remedy hoping the swelling goes away. The face and neck area are also a pretty serious place for a problem.

I really, really understand about the difficulty of getting to a vet. But if this little mouse is very dear to your son, she needs to see a real vet. It must be someone trained in either "pocket pets" or "exotics."

In the meantime, give her a drop of children's liquid ibuprofen, every 8 hours, to address swelling and pain.

I wish her a speedy recovery. Let me know what happens-- this isn't a common issue for me.

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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