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Mice/Update and new question re:fancy mouse named Pinky


Hello again. You answered my previous question on Aug 4/15 regarding my fancy mouse named Pinky who had a tail injury.
Sadly, Pinky passed away two days ago. I came home from work early and checked in on the two mice as i usually do. I noticed she wasnt herself (she was fine the day before) and picked her up. She spent over 20 minutes in my hand before she passed away. It was one of the most horrible exepriences in my life.
Lila is now alone and seems to be grieving as well. I have read other responses that talk about greiving mice and whether to introduce new mice but im still unsure as to what is best. I'm guessing Pinky died of infection (from her tail injury)  but im wondering what the chances are of Lila getting the infection and when i will know that she is "safe".
I am keeping a close watch on her as i am worried about her health as well as contemplating new mice and the timing of that. Any advice is much appreciated.

Hi Terena,

I am so sorry to hear about your loss.  It's always hard to lose a dear pet.

If Pinky passed away as a result of her injury, Lila is not at risk.  I would, however, recommend giving her a few weeks before adding a new friend, as she will need time to grieve.  This grieving can lower the immune system, so any new mice brought in should be quarantined for 3 weeks to ensure health before introducing them.

If Lila is friendly, try giving her a little extra affection in the coming few weeks as she processes the loss of her friend.  I'm sorry again to hear about Pinky's passing.  Please let me know if there is anything else I can help with.



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