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I came home tonight to find disaster after disaster in the apartment. The snake had broken out of its cage and eaten TWO, not one but TWO of my mating mice, the rabbit had knocked off his water bottle, one of my sick mice had finally kicked the bucket, blah blah blah. The worst though was when I looked in on my precious little pups.

One of my 4-week old angora pups has started walking overnight with her head tilted to the side. She has trouble figuring out which way to turn to right herself, has trouble drinking out of the water bottle, and sometimes falls to that side. This can't be anything besides a neurological disorder, could it? Could it be an ear infection or something fixable? I'm really worried about this because so far both parents and the rest of the litter had seemed really healthy and strong. This came on very quickly and I'm scared about what it implies for the breeding safety of the rest of the pups and the parents, one of whom has basically fathered all of my feeder mouse litters since none of my other males have felt like mating (except the one the snake ate, darn it!). If it is neurological, does it necessarily mean that I have to stop using the rest of the litter and the buck and doe? Should I continue breeding the parents to see who was responsible, or just cut them both out now before it gets passed on? Can it be bred out by the healthy mice? I was hoping to sell these cuties as pets, but couldn't live with myself if I sold someone a mouse that then developed the same thing.

The buck was pretty old and a red eyed white with long hair, but my best breeder; the doe was a very skittish long haired white mouse with an agouti spot on her bum, but a terrific mother. The only change I've seen in either of them is that somewhere in the past day or two the doe has started keeping one ear folded in toward her head, and the other out and healthy. Could that be related? None of the other pups are displaying any symptoms at all.

Thanks in advance, guys. :cry:
 

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I'm not culling her, but if it's genetic, I might cull her siblings. She'll go to the vet today if I can scrape together the money for it. How is an inner ear infection treated? It's happened so suddenly, I really would have to do something very quickly.

I'm located in Texas, and would love new mice to breed from, but my finances are a real set-back right now. That was my first generation out from the parental one, and were bought at different locations, so I would be surprised if the fault was in the inbreeding rather from the last breeder's work. I don't have lines just yet, heh, they were my first litter with any mice of my own (all my other litters were at work with scientific strains).
 

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Thank you everybody! As far as the snake - he has clips, but apparently is strong enough to pop them off, so we're buying a better method tonight and he's got a wealth of dictionaries and text books to contend with for the time being (and a belly full of mice). It's just one of those things that comes with owning lots of animals - sometimes they don't get along. :\

Jack - I'm in no mood to be told to start over, sorry to be blunt. I am poor because I already have invested around 300 or so on bottles, cages, drawers, bedding, etc., and because I just lost my job. I am fully aware of the cost of mice, as I've been keeping them for years. I will not be able to afford "quality" stock for a long time, but refuse to believe that these are inferior. They came from a breeder too, you know, just one who sold to the pet store. I'll buy show mice when I have another job, okay?

Thanks everybody for the advice, I'm pretty bummed about this. :cry:
 

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Just an update - I had put the little mouse on Tylosin, since no other antibiotics were readily available, and she is showing a lot of improvement. I'm waiting to celebrate until the whole course is finished, because I've seen some critters look like they're getting better and then bite the dust, but in the meantime I'm pretty excited for her.

Fingers crossed! :)
 
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