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Hello Tamarah

I have recently gone to the vet for my pet mouse Grey because he keeps on sneezing and looks as if his whole body has a hiccup

The vet prescribed me with Batryil and I was told to give him 0.1ml once everyday with a syringe
but I can't seem to get him to swallow the 0.1ml straight through his mouth so today I tried putting 0.1ml worth of Batryil onto a couple of porridge oats and he seems to take it this way, but would the antibiotic still be effective this way?

And if not, is there another way possible other than trying to put the syringe into his mouth?

Thanks
Tammy

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Hi Tammy,

That's a perfectly fine way to administer Baytril, IF you can guarantee that he will eat every single bit of the food (and thus the antibiotic).  That's the only real risk in mixing Baytril into food - if he doesn't eat it immediately or doesn't finish his portion, you have no way to figure out how much antibiotic he actually consumed for that dose.  Obviously, it is very important that he take his full course of antibiotics in order to feel better.

Best of luck, and let me know if I can be of any further help!
-Tam

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I can answer questions regarding mice as pets, mouse behavior, color and coat genetics, breeding techniques, and general health questions. I can help with caging and setup, nutrition, social issues, and what to do in most mouse emergencies (such as unplanned litters, injuries, fighting, etc.). I can also assist with questions pertaining to orphaned mouse pups, weaning litters, and questions of mating and birthing. I cannot answer questions about exotic or wild varieties of mice such as spiny or pygmy mice. *****FOR EMERGENCIES, anything requiring immediate medical intervention, PLEASE take your mouse to a professional veterinarian or wildlife rehabilitator who works with mice as soon as possible! IMPORTANT RESOURCES: Raising Orphaned Mice: http://www.rmca.org/Articles/orphans.htm Orphaned Mice Videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/CreekValleyCritters/videos?query=raising Natasha's Your First Mouse: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNK4uqNZTbA&feature=share General Mouse Help: http://www.fancymice.info/ Mouse Info and Exotic Breeds: http://www.hiiret.fi/eng/species/

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I have enjoyed the companionship of mice nonstop since 2004, and spent a year caring for them in a lab where I learned a great deal about their breeding, social needs, and health. I spent a few years breeding them, specifically working with albinos, marked mice, angora mice, and satins. My education never stopped - I am learning something new every day from current and well-established research thanks to the wonderful folks at the Jackson Laboratory, as well as from my wonderful mousey friends online. I also love learning from my terrific questioners here on AllExperts - you folks keep my passion for these amazing animals alive and well!

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East Coast Mouse Association - expired, American Fancy Rat and Mouse Association - expired

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Partial University for a B.S. in Microbiology, Partial University for a 2-year degree in Veterinary Technology (RVT cert), C.E. classes in pathogens, aseptic technique, genetics, and applications

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