Infant Wild Mouse
Hello everyone. This is my first post on PT and I joined specifically because I'm at a loss here.
About 36 hours ago, we inadvertently became the caretaker of a tiny baby mouse. Judging by size, I suspect he was maybe 5 days old when we found him, being batted around by a kitten. We suspect he's probably a field mouse (we live right next to a corn field), though could be a house mouse I suppose also (though we haven't seen any mice yet, then again we just moved into this house in July).
I've been feeding him soy based formula and giving him a little Pedialyte since a pinch test showed he was mildly dehydrated. At first he didn't poo or pee, but just in the last few feedings he's begun to, which I take as a good sign. However, I just noticed today that he's also making a little clicking noise from time to time when he eats, and only one time that I've noticed, that he clicked in his bed right after eating. When I looked up clicking, I saw that it could mean pneumonia. I'd hate to think the little guy has held on almost 2 days, and now has pneumonia. Should I definitely assume that is what is causing the clicking?
We've been keeping his sleeping area between 80 and 90F, he's fed every 2-4 hours, rub his tummy when feeding is done, and he moves around quite a bit, though does twitch a LOT. I've been worried ever since we got him, but doing my best (and lots of research) to help him recover, even though his survival chance is probably less than 25%.
Lastly, I live in a very small town in South Dakota and there are not wildlife rescues or anything around here, just a couple vets. I'm unsure how much help they would be willing to offer, as this is farm country, and their main priority is the livestock, so a baby field mouse might not be at the top of their priorities. I could be wrong, but it's a hunch.
Any advice would be helpful.
Thank you so much!