|Sick mice leading to death
||[Dec. 19th, 2009|07:26 am]
Vet Care and Advice
We have two mouse cages (10g aquariums with carefresh or aspen and mesh lids), at the start of this with four mice each, one male and three females. We have the mice specifically to breed mice to feed to our ferrets. We have had them for around a month. We got them from different stores, but all pet chains like Petsmart or Petco.|
A few days ago a female mouse in one of the cages, which are right next to each other, died. I had seen the mouse earlier moving weird, in little skipping hops and she looked a little scruffy. She probably died hours after seeing this, and she died outside of the nest against the glass facing out.
Today, a female mouse in the other cage died. I did not see her with the same strange 'hopping' behavior as the other mouse, but they are in cages right next to each other and it was only, at tops, three days in between.
The dead mice had no sores, no lumps, no discharge. Their fur for the most part looked fine, like dead animal fur but all right. Both of their bodies were at the front part of their cage, near the food and water.
We feed both groups 'rodent bricks' every day. None of the mice are fat, and for the most part they seem athletic, though both of the dead mice were 'shyer' than the others, but always acted in a healthy way. Our house is kept a little cool, around 68F and they are near the door to the outside that has some drafts, but they have plenty of nesting material and the smallest of them all is one of the most active ones.
... and as I'm writing this, it seems the male mouse from the first dead mouse group has diarrhea, who I had already sectioned off because he looked like he was starting to move funny.
It's the weekend so our small town vet is closed, and frankly I am not going to drive an hour to take our breeder mice to the vet.
I just want to know what is wrong with them to see if I can change anything.