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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-26-2008, 08:15 PM Thread Starter
 
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Testing Mice?

Does anyone know how to test the blood and urine of mice? I'm doing my science project and the more of it I do myself the better. If nobody knows how then I'll have to let the vet do it for me.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-27-2008, 01:33 AM
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I wouldn't try to just test the blood your self. I'd thnk it'd be pretty easy to hit a main vein or something but for urine males kinda urinate alot to claim territory and if you get a travel critter keeper cage or something dont put any bedding in the cage and put them in there for a little while the urine wont soak up if there's no bedding. (I found this out by cleaning their cages and the pee will collect really fast. )


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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-27-2008, 11:25 AM
 
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You need special training to collect blood from a mouse. None of the several different methods available is actually easy to do and you can easily injure or kill a mouse. Your best bet is if you get a knowledgeable vet or vet tech to do it for you.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-27-2008, 05:42 PM
 
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Your question is pretty vague. You said testing, but didn't say what parameters you want to test for (so, do you need whole blood, serum, or plasma?). The two replies assume you are also collecting yourself, and indeed they are correct about the skills necessary. Does your school have an animal care and use committee? You should find valuable information from the members of that committee (which includes at least one veterinarian).
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-27-2008, 06:09 PM
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you may be able to go to the vet and actually help them and ask them questions and have them show you the machines and such and explain more about mice and what they are testing and what for and things

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