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Post by CinnamonPearl on Sat Dec 17, 2016 7:12 pm

Okay so I'm sure you all know that Henry's had bronchitis this past week. Well he didn't seem to be getting better or worse, so I was gonna bring him back into the vet, but I left last night to go get my new girls, and when I got home today, Henry was in really bad shape. He's having a lot of trouble breathing. It's audible, his sides are heaving, and he's breathing through his mouth a lot. I gave him another dose of doxy and I have the humidifier going on full blast, but I'm worried he won't make it through the night. Is there anything else I can do? Other than the breathing problems, he's acting okay, active and bright-eyed, but I'm still really worried he'll take a turn. I have KMR I can whip up... is there anything else? Please help.

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Re: Need Advice for Henry- Urgent

Post by CinnamonPearl on Sat Dec 17, 2016 7:39 pm

Anyone??

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Post by scaredymouse on Sat Dec 17, 2016 7:58 pm

I'm afraid there isn't too much else you can do at this point other than the usual things, keep him warm, keep the humidifier going, keep him hydrated. You can offer KMR is he isn't eating, it will also help hydrate him. I'm very sorry to hear about Henry taking a turn.

I know we typically advise against this but do you have any leftover Baytril? I'm wondering why he is on Doxy... If he hasn't been on Baytril for this illness, I would break the rules any give him some now. You can PM me about his dose if you don't know already. Your only option is going to the ER, which is no guarantee. It's good that he seems well otherwise, it shows that he's fighting. But the beating symptoms are certainly very concerning. Good luck.

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Re: Need Advice for Henry- Urgent

Post by CinnamonPearl on Sat Dec 17, 2016 8:20 pm

Okay, I cleaned his tank, put him on newspaper bedding, and took away his wheel. I also lowered his water bottle and put his food bowl on the floor. I figured that if he was having trouble breathing, a clean, ammonia-free environment could help. He seems to be doing okay for now but is still gasping. I went to get some KMR, but my can expired over a month ago. Argh. >.<

I don't have any baytril, but I have somethin called trimethoprim sulfa. It's what my vet has always given me for URIs and such. Is it the same thing?

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Re: Need Advice for Henry- Urgent

Post by CinnamonPearl on Sat Dec 17, 2016 8:27 pm

Shoot, never mind. It expired a month ago. >.<

Update though. Henry seems to be doing better. Still breathing heavily but not open mouth anymore. I think the clean bedding and the humidity are helping. I'm glad I made the choice to put him on newspaper. He's being active and is playing in his tank. I don't wanna call it, but I think he'll make it through the night, and it's first thing to the vet in the morning. I just gotta keep this humidifier running all night.

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Re: Need Advice for Henry- Urgent

Post by scaredymouse on Sat Dec 17, 2016 9:07 pm

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Re: Need Advice for Henry- Urgent

Post by CinnamonPearl on Sun Dec 18, 2016 9:35 am

At the vet now. He made it through the night okay. I woke up a few times to refill the humidifier and check on him. He was open mouth breathing again early this morning but it cleared up again. He's now at the vet on oxygen.

Weird thing is according to the X-rays, his right lung is all better, but his left lung is worse. Bizarre. The vet is trying a breathing treatment right now, and she's gonna give me some antibiotics to take home, possibly baytril. They won't let me see him right now but he's apparently doing okay in the oxygen tank.

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Post by CallaLily on Sun Dec 18, 2016 9:47 am

I'm glad you got him into the vet and they've got a solid plan for treatment. I hope he's feeling better and continues to improve.

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Post by scaredymouse on Sun Dec 18, 2016 10:50 am

Glad to hear he made it to the vet. I hope the poor little guy feels better. Keep us posted.

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Post by CinnamonPearl on Sun Dec 18, 2016 11:22 am

We're home now with nose drops and baytril. The vet wanted to try a nebulizer treatment, but her nebulizer broke and it only stressed him out anyway, so we just called it off. I'm letting him rest for now and will give him his first doses soon. He's with the humidifier, and I have his tank heated. He seems to still be doing okay so I'm cautiously optimistic.

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Post by MesaMouse on Sun Dec 18, 2016 12:33 pm

Good news that Henry was able to be examined today and was given Baytril. Weird, though, that one lung cleared up and the other worsened. Sending warm vibes and deep breaths to Henry.

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Re: Need Advice for Henry- Urgent

Post by scaredymouse on Mon Dec 19, 2016 12:36 pm

How's Henry? Also, did you meet with the breeder and get the girls?

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Post by Artistwolf on Mon Dec 19, 2016 12:43 pm

Oh, wow, I don't know how I missed this!!
I hope he's doing better now! This must be so stressful for you...

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Re: Need Advice for Henry- Urgent

Post by CinnamonPearl on Mon Dec 19, 2016 1:09 pm

Henry hasn't been improving and is worsening somewhat. At this point I'm not optimistic or pessimistic; I can't really call what's going to happen. I'm going to call the vet today to ask if we can try that breathing treatment she wanted to do. Maybe it'll stress him less since he'll be at home.

And yeah, I did get new girls! I just haven't had any time to start handling them or post pictures. They're quite shy (which I'll elaborate on when I make a new thread later), but they're beautiful and I can't wait to get to know them!

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Post by scaredymouse on Mon Dec 19, 2016 2:57 pm

Poor little Henry. I've lost several mouse to lung related problems. I can only imagine that it was either a viral infection which is untreatable or pneumonia. It's just not possible to put our babies in the hospital for a week with IV antibiotics, oxygen, and nebulizer treatments every 4 hours, like we do with people.

Hopefully the little fella will perk up. Keep doing all the same things, keep him warm, hydrated, humidified. All these things help keep him alive while the antibiotics have a chance to work.

I can't wait to meet your girls. Don't let the happiness you have for them get tangled up in the sadness you have for Henry right now.

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