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Post by Mice Are Cute on Wed 04 Oct 2017, 1:24 pm

(Warning: Talk of mice being put down) I have realized over the past two months that Grayson hasn't been doing very great. He scratches himself on the neck and one eye (which is now infected) and has terrible breathing problems. I have token him to the vet time and time again, to be met with defeat. I am not really sure what to do. Should I have him Euthanized, or let him live out the rest of his life? He continues to eat and drink and care for himself, but I'm not sure if he's actually happy. I would really like your advice.

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Post by CallaLily on Wed 04 Oct 2017, 1:48 pm

It's difficult for us to say without knowing him like you do. If he's still eating, drinking, running, playing....doing all the usual mousey things, I don't think I'd give up just yet. But if it's clear he's in pain and suffering, I would suggest talking to your vet to see what they think. In my experience, most vets will be pretty up front about your options. hugs

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Post by scaredymouse on Wed 04 Oct 2017, 2:32 pm

In situations like this, i like to remind people that getting old isn't a disease.  Getting old and having chronic health problems isn't always pretty but its part of life and it happens to everyone.  people, and mice, just sort of accept it and carry on best they can.  So, if he's doing all his normal mousey things and doesn't appear to have any pain, I'd let him do his thing.

however, if you have concerns, you can always get a second opinion from the vet.  I think it's a beautiful thing that you worry about his happiness and i wish i could tell you what to do but its impossible without seeing him.  

A lot of mice scratch at themselves, it's more of a habit...a really bad habit.  I don't think it bothers then nearly as much as it bothers us!  Im not sure what kind of breathing problems he has... Is it noisy or does he struggle to breath?  Also, how old is he?

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Post by Mice Are Cute on Wed 04 Oct 2017, 4:18 pm

@scaredymouse wrote:In situations like this, i like to remind people that getting old isn't a disease.  Getting old and having chronic health problems isn't always pretty but its part of life and it happens to everyone.  people, and mice, just sort of accept it and carry on best they can.  So, if he's doing all his normal mousey things and doesn't appear to have any pain, I'd let him do his thing.

however, if you have concerns, you can always get a second opinion from the vet.  I think it's a beautiful thing that you worry about his happiness and i wish i could tell you what to do but its impossible without seeing him.  

A lot of mice scratch at themselves, it's more of a habit...a really bad habit.  I don't think it bothers then nearly as much as it bothers us!  Im not sure what kind of breathing problems he has... Is it noisy or does he struggle to breath?  Also, how old is he?
Thanks for the reply, Grayson is about a year and a half old, and a Petstore mouse (not sure I'd that changes anything). He struggles to catch his breath, but it's not noisy. I hope I'm just making a big deal, and he's fine... (Well not 'Fine' but a least happy)

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Post by Mice Are Cute on Fri 06 Oct 2017, 3:12 pm

I think I found the culprit!!! I recently finished some of the food he had once, and he had skin irritation Both times!! I also gave them some other food brand before this skin-hurting one, and it never happened. I'm almost sure he has an allergy!

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Post by Mice Are Cute on Sat 07 Oct 2017, 6:07 pm

I know I said he might have a skin problem by food, but I was only able to get the food today. Problem is, he looks a lot worse today Sad My dad is even saying that he might not live longer. I don't really know what to think. I know I thought I would get more mice after one passes, but this doesn't make me much happier, only a little bit. I hope he gets better, and I still have some hope

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Post by Mice Are Cute on Wed 11 Oct 2017, 10:59 pm

UPDATE: Grayson has improved slightly! His face isn't as swollen, but just red, though his eye has swollen shut Sad He continues to care for himself and eat and drink, so that kinda brings up my spirits!

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Post by Rodents rock! on Thu 12 Oct 2017, 9:16 am

Glad to hear he is still doing mousey things Very Happy
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Post by Mice Are Cute on Sat 14 Oct 2017, 2:03 pm

Another Update: He is still eating, but rapidly losing weight Sad He no longer opens his left eye, and it looks like it closed shut. Around his neck area, he has no fur anymore Worry

I don't know what's causing this or anything, but I really don't think he'll put up with it anymore. He is still fighting, so we'll see what happens...

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Post by Rodents rock! on Sat 14 Oct 2017, 4:56 pm

Sorry to hear, keep us posted.
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Post by Mice Are Cute on Tue 17 Oct 2017, 4:19 pm

Got some medicine for his skin irritation! Very Happy He is never going to open his other eye ever again, but the vet said we still have a chance at him getting better! The only other thing to worry about is his weight (He's losing it rapidly), but he doesn't seem to be bothered at the moment! He is really enjoying cuddles today Kiss

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Post by Rodents rock! on Tue 17 Oct 2017, 7:50 pm

Happy to hear he was enjoying cuddles today!
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