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Common cold to pneumonia

Post by MouseMom on Thu 01 Nov 2018, 11:00 am

I'm sharing this story here as well as in the Memorials section to convey the importance of preventative care and getting vet care quickly when issues do arise.

We lost our little Squeakers a week ago and my heart still aches. She had caught a cold at the change of the season by leaving a window cracked open as the heat of the days turned chilly by sundown. Cute little sneezes turned into (presumed) pneumonia quite quickly. She developed this sticky breathing or popping sound. We took her to the vet and had her on antibiotics and an anti-inflammatory for 2 weeks with weekly checkups. The next week she developed a bump between her right eye/nose. She had some days when she had full energy back and was gaining weight and others I feared losing her in the middle of the night . But on day 14 she woke with her little hands balled up, a cloudy eye and a loss of balance, very weak. She may have had a stroke in the night. She just wanted to be held and that I did, close to my heart stroking her soft fur from cheek to tail. In the end, we decided she has suffered enough and likely would not recover from this. I share this story to convey how sensitive these little fur babies are to changes. Even in sunny San Diego where our temps don't fluctuate much, a simple cold turned deadly for this little girl.

Now, older sister Pip who has been kept in a separate cage for weeks is learning to live solo. We ofcourse are giving her more attention and love than she's gotten recently due to Squeaks needs. But I noticed last night that she has this little sound she makes that sounds like purring. I have a call out to the vet, but does anyone know if this is normal? I only hear it when I bring her out to play and she's very gitty so I dont know if this is her excitement or if I should be concerned about her too.

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Re: Common cold to pneumonia

Post by AmyLynn on Wed 07 Nov 2018, 2:47 pm

How is she doing? Any change?

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Re: Common cold to pneumonia

Post by MouseMom on Sat 10 Nov 2018, 10:41 pm

Pip seems to be sleeping more now that her sister is gone, but when she’s awake, we do bring her out to play but she’s still making a purring sound. It’s so weird...

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