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Hi, a month ago I found my mouse scratching on the back of his neck. I dont know why I soked his cage in dawn soap water and cleaned out everything and I dont know exactly what to do. Please help he has alot of scabs by his neck,  behind ears , and a spot by his middle back

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Hi Skye,

It sounds like your mouse has something called mites. There are other possibilities, but mites are almost always the cause of itchiness and scabbing in the pattern you're describing.

Go to your vet and get a medication called Revolution. This is safe for mice, and can be administered by putting only ONE drop on the skin on the back of his neck (try to get it on the actual skin, not fur). You do not need to rub it in or spread it around at all, just keep him from grooming for ten whole minutes while it soaks in.  Revolution can be readministered per package label/vet instructions - I believe it is once per month.

At the same time you are giving the Revolution, reclean the entire cage. Wash everything and remove or freeze anything that can't be cleaned. Freeze new bedding for 24 hours before using it (then thaw) to kill new incoming mites. Completely clean once more in 1-2 weeks.

You should see improvement very quickly - within a couple of days!  If you cannot get Revolution for your mouse or if your vet will not prescribe it, please let me know so we can discuss other potential solutions.

Best of luck, and let me know how he does!
-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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