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Post by lilyandlilac on Fri 26 Jun 2020, 8:43 pm

My 1 year old mouse died of a URI today and it was completely my fault. A few days ago she started squeaking and making soft sniffling noises and I thought it may be a URI so I ordered baytril. By the time the baytril arrived she was acting normal, no squeaking or sniffling so I decided not to give it to her because I thought it may have been a false alarm and I didn’t want to medicate her if she wasn’t sick . These past 2 days I rarely saw her come out, even at night. I was so stupid to not think something was wrong and to check on her. Last night she came out and I notice she was lethargic and having trouble breathing. She was dying and it was my fault. If I had just given her the baytril when I got it a week ago, she could of healed. This is all my fault, I could of prevented her death and suffering by just giving her the medication when I first got it, my heart is breaking. If I had just given her the medicine maybe she would of lived. Not sure what I’m looking for, I guess just trying to cope with the fact that I killed my mouse

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Post by chiroptera on Sun 28 Jun 2020, 11:46 pm

I'm so sorry for your loss. Sad

It's good that you realize that you made a mistake, because understanding what you do wrong is very important for animal care. You definitely should've kept a closer eye on her after you noticed she was sick, but you seem to know that now. If an animal seems to be acting differently than they usually do, it's generally a sign that something might be up - so in the future definitely don't ignore it if that arises.

But also, try not to be too hard on yourself. No one is perfect. Every animal owner makes mistakes with their animal care, and sometimes that leads to tragedy. What's important is that you learn from the mistake so that you don't do it again, and you're clearly doing that.

Of course, it's still heartbreaking to know you could've prevented your animal's death, and it's totally understandable that you feel guilty and upset with yourself. But try to remember that you didn't hurt your mouse out of malice, or intentionally ignore her needs. It was just a mistake, and one you now won't make in the future.

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Post by Peachy on Mon 29 Jun 2020, 7:05 pm

I’m sorry for your loss and I hope you’re doing ok.

There’s definitely a learning curve with mice, and often they hide illness so well that by the time you know something is wrong they’re already too sick. Go easy on yourself. You did the best you knew to do for your girl, and you’ll know how to do better for the next. Take care of yourself. Good vibes
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