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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-07-2010, 06:50 PM Thread Starter
 
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My little mouse is acting like a fish!

I have a pet mouse named Chipper, he is probably not quite a year old yet.
He is still capable of movement, but is not but nearly as active as he should be. Mainly, he is constantly opening and closing his mouth like a fish under water. I can sometimes hear something like a soft clicking noise, and less frequently it almost sounds like he is sneezing.
His eyes do appear to be a little swollen or bulging, there is crest buildup in the corners of the eyes. He is still crawling around and frequently just crawls himself into a corner.
I first thought it might possibly be hiccups or something, but with the swollen eyes I understand it is more likely to be a respiratory infection. The only vet in my city that I am aware of that treats mice is currently closed, they will not be open until the morning.

I have bactrim 1/4 OZ and meloxicam 1.5 per cc formulations that were prescribed for previous mice, but I am not sure if I should try to administer even just the bactrim.
All and all I would have said he was a fairly healthy mouse. He has recently been eating Sunscription Vita Plus Rat, Mouse and Gerbil formula, which is predominately a seed diet. I also feed them hemp seed sometimes for added high quality protein and essential fatty acids. I do not know if he is even able to eat in his current condition. I don't know if I should be trying to help him drink, I do not want to make him anymore uncomfortable or drown him. There is a heat pad in a corner of the cage that he knows to crawl to if he is cold, and another mouse in there to keep him company.
Any suggestions welcomed and very much so appreciated. Thank you.
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I saw a rat video where the rat had severe pneumonia and was in the final stages where he could hardly breathe anymore. He was was doing that same fish mouth movement. The clicking noise was there for the rat too. Apparently it was the popping of the liquid in his lungs as he tried to get oxygen.

Your poor little mousy. Knowing only that, I'd guess you should get him to a vet quickly?


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This definitely sounds like a respiratory problem. You should take him to the vet, who can prescribe some medication to try to treat him. These types of problems advance rather quickly in mice and rats, so you should try do get him in as soon as possible.


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