Lethargic and cold mousie... ?

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Lethargic and cold mousie... ?

Post by FurMommy on Sun Jul 23, 2017 11:37 pm

Hi everyone! I have a new mousie, about 8 weeks old. She's been in quarantine since I brought her home, about 3 weeks now. She has showed no signs of illness at all, til today. This afternoon she appeared fine. Moving about her cage as usual. Tonight I went to check on her and she was sitting in one of her hides. I moved the hide to pick her up, and instead of her climbing on my hand like she usually does, she just sat there, not moving. I scooped her up and still... She wouldn't move. Her breathing appeared to be a little slow, not quick short breaths like I'm used to seeing. And her body felt colder than usual. No sneezing or coughing or any other abnormal sounds. She went to walk and fell off my hand. Instead of gripping onto me and trying to catch herself, she just dropped. Like she has no strength. She didn't fall far, so no worries there. I tried getting her to drink some water and she wasn't interested. I have no idea what could be wrong with her. If I had to list her symptoms, I would say lethargic and low body temp. Anyone have any ideas??? Thanks!!!

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Post by Peachy on Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:11 am

What's the temperature in your home? Was she drinking water or is she dehydrated? Pinch up the skin on her neck, and if it stays pinched up you'll need to help rehydrate her.

I would get her to a vet as quick as you can. Keep her warm (holding her or placing half her tank over a heating pad) and keep trying to get her to drink.

Read this page for info on Emergency Supplies like heating pads, KMR, Pedialyte, and Gatorade to help dehydrated mice.
https://www.petmousefanciers.com/t25-health-packet#14

My best to you and your girl. I hope she makes a strong comeback! Good vibes

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Post by FurMommy on Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:33 am

Thank you for such a quick reply! I keep a thermometer in the room so I always know if it gets too warm or cold for the mousies. The temp is usually around 70-75°. At the moment it's 72.6°. I put a heating pad on the cage to help warm her up. She lays on it for a bit, and then moves. I've tried several times to get her to drink but she's not interested. Do I just keep trying, put the bottle up to her and hope she drinks? Or is there some other way to help her stay hydrated? I did try pinching her to see if she's dehydrated but she ran away each time. Well, walked away, not ran. I didn't want to cause her anymore distress so I let her be, but I'll try again.

It's just so odd to me that this afternoon she appeared to be fine. At what point she started to not feel well, I'm not sure. I wasn't home most of the day. She has me so worried! Unless she's moving to get away from me or away from the heating pad, she just lays there.

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Post by FurMommy on Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:36 am

I tried pinching her again, and best I can tell, the skin goes right back. But she scurries away every time I try.

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