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My mouse just started making these noises and she's breathing really heavily. I don't know what's going on with her. She's still under a year old, so she's not new or anything. Here's the link to a video I recorded: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=En8rRpWf2Z0&feature=youtu.be
I hope she's not sick. There is an 'exotic vet' in my area, but when my cousin called for their rabbit, they won't take it and say that they don't treat exotics. Their website says they do and I know that they take care of Petco's animals. So I would have nowhere to bring her and it sucks.
Thanks for any idea or information you might have.

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Hi Drea,

Does she only make this noise when she's being held/exploring, or does she do it all the time and in her home, too?  It sounds a little wet and labored to me, which if she's doing this over the course of the day, could indicate a respiratory infection or something similar.

Could you call the exotic vet and ask if they can take a look at her?  Some vets that work with exotics may feel more comfortable with certain species than others.  If they can't help, you could ask them to refer you to another vet who might and see if at least they'll point you in the right direction.  If you can't find anyone at all to take a peek at her, please write me back and I'll see what I can help you do in the way of at-home antibiotics, okay?  Of course, a vet is best, but there are still things to try if that just isn't possible.

Let me know how it goes and what else I can do to help!
-Tam

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