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I've had my mouse since, roughly, end of August 2014. He has acted normal until about two months ago. Every now and then, he makes this weird sound. He isn't singing, because he's the only one. It sounds like he's wuffling, but not like he's having difficulty breathing. I asked the pet store that I got him from and they suggested a vet. I don't wanna go to the vet and have them charge for no answer. Figured I would look online and see if someone knows. :)

Hi Erin,

Your pet shop was right to suggest a vet - strange breathing sounds are never something to take lightly, and can be a sign of a respiratory illness.  While I could make suggestions on general antibiotics and try to help you guess, there is no way for anyone online to diagnose the sound, verify your mouse's health, or prescribe you an appropriate, targeted medication.

If there is a vet in your area that works with pocket pets like mice, please do go see them and have them examine him in person. Professionals are called that for a reason! They won't send you away without an answer - they'll get him started on the best medication possible if needed and then be a phone call away if you have specific questions.  Given all the things you'd try otherwise, the misinformation out there, and the time it would take you to find the best solution via trial and error, a vet is by far the cheapest and fastest way to help your pet.

Best of luck to the little guy! Let me know if you need anything else.


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