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Post by FairyMouse on Fri 11 Oct 2019, 9:40 am

Unfortunately after my last reply I went to check on Fairy and found that she had died... She just got worse so quick... I'm going to clean the bin today in hopes that if she had a disease or a parasite that the other mice won't get it...

Hello,

So I have a bin of 5 females, and I fed them last night and noticed that one of them- Fairy- struggled to run away. Her fur looked all messy, too, so I picked her up and she was quite cold and skinny. I could tell in her eyes that she was sick too. I can generally detect a sick rodent just by their eyes after having so many hamsters in the past. Only just a couple weeks ago I noticed that Fairy had picked up some weight and I considered it normal since she's a cream brindle type and my other mouse of the same colour is the fattest mouse I've ever seen and definitely suffers from genetic obesity. But last night I picked Fairy up and examined her and she was very skinny, her spine was very, very prominent, and she's pretty weak and doesn't really want to move. I noticed some dry poop on her bum so I picked it off and fed her some baby food with an eyedropper. She accepted it, but not much of it. She doesn't feel constipated. Tummy is soft, not enlarged... Although when I picked her up this morning there was a little more dried poop on her bum. I put her back with the other mice last night so she would stay warm, but they all slept together and she slept alone it seems. Other than that, there aren't any signs of the other mice picking on her. The other mice seem fine, running around at lightning speed as usual and their fur seems well groomed. I'll continue to give Fairy more baby food, should I try to give her a bit of olive oil? Not sure what we have for green vegetables, but I will look.

Any advice or thoughts?

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Post by FairyMouse on Fri 11 Oct 2019, 9:42 am

Her teeth are a normal length and orange/yellow by the way, so that isn't an issue...
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Post by MerciToujoursMaPetiteBoop on Fri 11 Oct 2019, 10:56 am

Cold?  Skinny?  Not eating?  Poor grooming?  This is a job for a veterinarian.

Make the appointment for as soon as possible, and until you go keep track of all the symptoms you observe and when you observe them.  There may be parasites at work, or Fairy may have picked up a disease or be having problems with her internal workings.  Since she is not eating well, try to collect some of her poopies to take to the vet, in case they need specimens to test and she is not producing at the appointment.  She may have to spend some time in a separate bin for this.

For now, you can try to assist her with putting on a little bulk and keeping warmer by adding calories to what you are feeding her -- for example, by adding a little honey, syrup, or jam to the baby food.  That way she may still only eat a small amount, but she will get more calories.  It works on the same principle as when a vet gives a dextrose injection, but takes a little longer to get into the circulatory system to reach her cells. Serving her warmed food can also help add some internal core heat.

Also, see if she will drink Pedialyte-type hydration fluid, in case she is dehydrated and her electrolytes are depleted.  Dehydration quickly affects brain function, which can make her act confused or otherwise strangely, and can cause loss of appetite due to the disruption of body functions.

Make sure Fairy is in a warm place with plenty of bedding.  If you use a heating pad, only place it under part of her tank so there will be a cool area to retreat to if the heat becomes uncomfortable, and with an air space between the pad and the tank so the heat will not directly conduct into and heat up all of the tank walls.

You can also use your own body heat to help warm up a chilly mouse, but if you decide to keep her warm by carrying her about inside your shirt with you, be very careful about how you go about it.  It is very easy for a weak mouse to fall out, or for you to forget you have a mouse on board and make a move that you will quickly regret.  BE! VERY! CAREFUL!

But, most of all, get Fairy to a doctor.  She should have her symptoms checked out.  And let us know how things are progressing.  We care.

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Post by FairyMouse on Fri 11 Oct 2019, 11:09 am

Thankyou so much!

I'm unable to take her to the vet at this time, and I don't believe a decent small animal vet lives in the area, so I'm stuck with whatever I can do with home remedies... I will add some pancake syrup to the baby food. I have her on a heatpad and checking her frequently, I'll do my best to make sure she isn't overheating.
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Post by FairyMouse on Fri 11 Oct 2019, 11:45 am

Unfortunately after my last reply I went to check on Fairy and found that she had died... She just got worse so quick... I'm going to clean the bin today in hopes that if she had a disease or a parasite that the other mice won't get it...
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Post by CallaLily on Fri 11 Oct 2019, 4:46 pm

I’m so sorry she didn’t make it. Sad

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