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Post by MooMouse on Wed 17 Aug 2016, 9:26 am

So I've been reading a lot on this forum over the past two days and learned that mice can develop OCD. The behaviors associated with this disorder sound pretty terrible and I would hate for my mouse to develop it. That being said, is there any possible way to prevent it? I play with my mouse every day and provide him with toilet paper rolls, wooden chews, and other store-bought toys. Is there anything else I can do?
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Re: OCD Prevention

Post by EverythingAnimal on Wed 17 Aug 2016, 10:04 am

I have an OCD mouse and honestly I have no idea why it started. Any irritation can start it off scratching, one common irritant being bugs, so check your mouse for bugs frequently and you can give them an ivermectin treatment to be on the safe side.

Overall, lots of toys and distractions are your best bet, so keep doing what you're doing.

The vet wanted to give Suzie a mini plastic "cone of shame" to stop her from scratching, but that seems crazy and dangerous for a mouse so I refused. I just continued with the Animax ointment to stop her bare spot from being infected.

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Re: OCD Prevention

Post by CinnamonPearl on Wed 17 Aug 2016, 9:11 pm

As long as you keep your mice properly stimulated with lots of toys and practice preventative medicine, you should be okay. But that's honestly all you can do. A good preventative is to treat all your incoming mice for mites and lice upon receiving them, whether they show symptoms or not. That way the mites can't cause irritation that can trigger OCD down the line. But other than that, there really isn't any sort of one-hit-kill preventative. You can take steps to help, but if a mouse develops OCD, oftentimes there wasn't much you could do about it.

So rules of thumb: Treat for mites immediately, avoid allergenic foods that can cause hot spots, and treat any sort of irritations (like conjunctivitis or scratches) immediately so they're less likely to result in scratching. That's about it.

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