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Hi,

I bought three new mice after the demise of our others.  Two were from one pet shop and one from another.  The one I bought on her own had a shaggy coat when I got her (they told me she was a long hair) and then I noticed she was very lethargic, didn't seem to be able to see, doesn't climb and sneezes and clicks a lot.  I took her to the vet and he gave me some antibiotics.  He listened to her chest, but couldn't hear anything.  He said he thinks she is blind also.  I have her in with the other two and they all get on well, but I am worried that she may have a virus and may infect them.  I am also worried that if she was born with a congenital illness as the vet suspects that I have unnecessarily separated her and she may get depressed.  If she has been with the others for a week, would they have already been exposed to a virus and are likely to get it now whether I separate her or not or should I separate her and for how long? I asked the vet and he said they are normally born with these problems, but he didn't really give me a direct answer.  I don't think he was really that interested in a mouse, but she is my daughters' pet and they love her as they would a dog or a horse or something and I really don't want her to suffer.  I rang the pet shop and he said they buy from a specific breeder and all her mice have been very healthy and that is why they only use her.

Thanks so much for your help.

Lisa

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Hi Lisa,

Don't separate them. They have been exposed already and you are correct, it will cause depression which can lead to a weak immune response and becoming sicker.

Your vet doesn't sound very experienced in mice. The only congenital illness mice have is myco; they all have it, and most of them are just fine with antibiotics. It is when they have something else that it is worrisome. There aren't many viruses that mice get either; the worst one (Sendai) is completely unavoidable and can only be combatted by making sure with strong antibiotics that nothing else kills the mouse while it recovers. Rare, but a poor pet store might just have an outbreak. This can kill every rat and mouse in every home that their pets go home to; you can see it would have to be a pretty bad pet shop to let that happen.

She may not be on strong enough antibiotics; I would recommend Baytril and doxycycline together. The others must be watched for the second they show a sniffle and if they do, they should be on antibiotics too.

This might help you to find an experienced vet. Even if a vet doesn't list mice, call them and ask.


Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (WORLDWIDE)
http://www.aemv.org/vetlist.cfm


Association of Avian Veterinarians (USA)
http://www.aav.org/search/index.php


The Rat Whisperer (USA)
https://sites.google.com/site/theratwhisperersusratvetlist/


The Rat Fan Club: Rat Vetsó(Midwest and Eastern U.S.)
http://www.ratfanclub.org/vetref.html


Best of luck.

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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