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Hey Natasha its Emily again,
I feel like iv been asking you so many questions lately and I hope im not a bother, im just a bit overwhelmed now that my girls are creeping up on their last months with me on this earth.
Im in the process of saving money to get a better cage for Molly and Pip so they can get the best air circulation possible. Also im worried about Lily. Iv been spending alot more time with her now and iv noticed she scratches herself alot more. I heard this is a way of releasing stress is this true? Also, two days ago she has gotten a quite large lump on the side of her neck. There isnt anymore hair over it anymore and i though she caused this lump by scratching so much but then i read that it could be an abscess. Any ideas and if it is an abscess what is it and what causes it?

Thanks, Emily

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Dear Emily,

Uh-oh, it is time for Lily to go to the vet. There are a number of reasons for skin issues: mites, allergies, mange, ringworm, etc. A vet should see her and diagnose and treat in the most appropriate way. And if the lump is an abscess, the vet can aspirate it and give her antibiotics to cure the infection.

Can you get her to a good "exotics" or "pocket pets" vet?

http://www.aemv.org/vetlist.cfm

https://sites.google.com/site/theratwhisperersusratvetlist/

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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