Thank you for getting back to me. At t he time you posted, I had logged off for the night. It makes me happy to hear that your mouse is improving. I'm also glad to hear you ruled out lung involvement, since I was concerned about a respiratory infection.
I do have some concerns about the diet the rehabber recommended.Her experience is with wild mammals which are with her for only a short period of time, then released. All those leafy greens do contain calcium, but it's in the form of calcium oxalate. That form is not very usable by the body. Over time, the oxalate can bind up the calcium and it can also lead to bladder and kidney stones in small mammals. For that reason, we don't feed those greens to mice, rats, rabbits, guinea pigs, etc. Dog food is probably a fine diet to feed a wild mouse while in rehab for a few weeks, but it isn't a complete diet for a pet we want to have with us for a couple of years. Most of the pet foods sold in pets stores are not good either. The most complete diet is one of the rodent blocks or pellets formulated for lab rats and mice. Here is an online source of one:http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?c=6067+10381+16965&pcatid=16965
Purina Rat and Mouse Chow is another good one. You would have to order this from a local Purina dealer. You can find them by looking up 'Feed' in the Yellow Pages for your area. For treats, you can sue tiny pieces of fruits, vegetables, and nuts. You can read more about mouse care here:http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/small-pet-care/mouse-care.html
This reputable site is like an encyclopedia of rat and mouse health:
If it turns out you do need a vet, you'll want to be sure to find one with small rodent experience. The following links will take you to directories of vets who treat small rodents. At the first site, you'll come to a log-in page. Sign in as 'member' and use 'member' as your password XXXXX well.http://www.rmca.org/Vets/index.php?action=listhttp://www.ratfanclub.org/vetref.html
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