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Hello Tamarah

My pet mouse has been on Baytril for 21 days as prescribed by my local vet to treat his sneezing and coughing however after the 21 days he is still currently coughing and sneezing
He is eating drinking normally, hasn't lost any weight and still quite active and runs around as well
He also doesn't have any discharge out of his nose or eyes I use the back 2 nature small animal bedding if this is any help

What can I do to stop the sneezing/coughing?

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Tammy

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Hi Tammy,

He is adorable!  I love that photo!

Has his coughing and sneezing at least decreased in frequency?  Sometimes a bad respiratory infection will leave behind a clicking, sneezing sound that never really goes away, but it shouldn't be happening all the time.  If his coughing and sneezing hasn't actually reduced, you may need to give your vet a phone call and see if they want to try a different medication, in case the Baytril just didn't do the trick.  The lack of discharge is great, though, and he seems to have a healthy coat and clear eyes.  Those are all good signs.

I don't think your bedding is the cause.  Recycled paper beddings are terrific, and unless you've seen otherwise, tend to be pretty low-dust.  As long as his home is being changed regularly, he shouldn't have any irritation from that.

Best of luck,
-Tam

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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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