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URI or mycoplasmosis

Post by MuensterMouse on Tue 16 Jan 2018, 6:26 pm

Hello mouse community!

I have a 2.7 yr old white male mouse. Not of the fancy mouse breed or from a petshop, but rather a live feeder rescue. 4 months ago i first noticed signs of clicking and googled it enough to know that a vet visit was in order. However, when in the office of course the symptoms weren't present and the vet did i check up and said my mouse was mine. A week later the clicking got slightly worse and I called and was prescribed vibramycin antibiotic. After the course of the treatment the clicking subsided for a while, but then came back.

So now over the course of the past month it seems my mouse has aged rapidly and I can tell now he is old. He is losing hair on the top of his head (may be to the respitory disease i've read?), is blind, and does not run as much. He is still active and eats/drinks a lot and runs and climbs around the cage. Sometimes he stumbles a little when he walks when he is waking up. and shakes. As of late his sleeping mouth breathing and wheezing/gasping is getting more frequent and causing concern and sometimes his whole body is moving while breathing in his sleep. I can tell its labored. I mean they are not full out gasping attacks or anything, but still make me sad. I tend to dwell on all the negative things.Bottom line is I am wondering if the vet is worth another visit, but what will they tell me? Your mouse is old/ here's another antibiotic. Has anyone had a similar story where their old pet came around and then died of natural causes? I just want to know if there is anything else I can do or if its just his time. He's had a good almost 3 years for being a feeder. Thank you Community for your advice!

Notes. Kaytee steel cage well ventilated
carefresh odor stop bedding, white fluff
always around 70 degrees F in house.
oxbow ratfood pellets mixed w/ fresh veggies/fruits every now and then
have been taking him the the restroom when i shower for the steam.
had left over vibramycin so he's been on a second round of that for the last 8 days.
just seems to be getting slightly worse or not better though.

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Re: URI or mycoplasmosis

Post by MerciToujoursMaPetiteBoop on Tue 16 Jan 2018, 7:14 pm

Your description sounds like time is just catching up with your little man. Another doctor visit may help determine if the labored breathing indicates that he is in pain.

You can make things a little easier for him by making sure he does not have to walk far to reach his food and water. You should also accommodate his thinning hair by maybe turning up the indoor temperature a bit, at least in the room where he is, or by placing a warming pad under part of the mousehouse (with an air gap in between to avoid heating the entire floor and walls by conduction). More cuddling will also keep him cozy, and may comfort him to know that he has a big protector looking out for him during this time of weakness.

If you notice that he is having trouble grooming himself completely, you may have to step in and give him some assistance so he will feel more like his dapper little self. Be sure to use a mouse-safe shampoo (only a tiny bit, diluted with water, to avoid residue problems), and dry him gently with a soft and absorbent cloth while keeping him warm (no noisy hair dryers).

Even when he is sick, it is the nature of a mouse to carry on as best as he can so he will not betray weakness to a predator. The breathing noises he cannot do much about, but when you can see that he is having problems with sight and mobility, it probably means he is no longer able to hold in all of the various ways his wee body is starting to fail him. Treat him with the care, kindness, and respect you hope others would treat you with, if you were in his condition.

Best luck to both of you. >kiss kiss< to the sick little mousie

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Post by CinnamonPearl on Tue 16 Jan 2018, 9:35 pm

If he's still clicking, it sounds like the URI had a resurgence. You may wanna take him back to the vet and put him on baytril or doxycycline. It could help, but yeah, it sounds like he's getting old and putting him through the medicating process might not even be worth it. Best of luck to your little guy!

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