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Hi,

My mouse raindrop always has fresh water, but recently (Starting about a week ago, but not as bad as it seems now) I have noticed she seems not to be drinking on her own.

(I have also noticed that her poops are harder than usual, her fur is scruffy, and her tail skin seems dry and flaky.)


I took her out of the cage to water her with a spoon, but she still wouldn't drink.

Then I tried mixing yogurt with water (About 2 thirds water and 1 third yogurt) and she was interested. I watered her 3 times throughout the day yesterday, taking her out and holding her while I give her spoonful by spoonful, as much as she would drink of the yogurt water.
(I think she drunk about a spoonful each time)


Today, however, I can't get her to drink much, only a few licks.




How do you think I could help her to drink enough?


Also, how often should I offer her a drink and how much should she be drinking each time?

Answer
Hi,


She has to go to the vet immediately. This isn't going to get better on its own.


She should be syringe fed water or soy/rice milk every four hours. If you can get even 0.2 ml in her it will help.

She should also have some really wet foods-- watermelon, other melon,  a peeled grape), the wet center of a cucumber, an orange section cut so it is dripping.. next to her in the cage if she is not moving around much.


She will not last long like this without finding the cause of the dehydration.


I wish her luck. I hope the vet can determine the problem.

Worried 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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