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Kids are worried, our pet mouse who is a male 1 year old is

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Kids are worried, our pet mouse who is a male 1 year old is lying in a cage breathing rapidly not eating eyes closed
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 1 year ago.
Hello. Thanks for the question.I'd also be worried. It sounds like he may have pneumonia. That is a common cause of lethargy, decreased appetite and labored breathing in mice and rats.The treatment is typically with oral antibiotics from a vet. It is life threatening, but we can have a decent prognosis with rapid treatment. If not eating, I'd get some oxbow critical care and syringe feed him.I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.