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Would you operate on a mouse???

  • Yes - without question!

    Votes: 4 16.7%
  • Maybe - depends on cost or likely outcome.

    Votes: 9 37.5%
  • No way!

    Votes: 11 45.8%
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i had a young doe who developed a massive tumour on her side and within a day or two of noticing the lump it had doubled the size/weight of the mouse - i took her the vets and was advised to have her put to sleep due to how quickly the lump had grown and the likelyhood it would return.
i would have operated if the vet had told me it would likely be a success but i paid for the consult and the drug to put her down - i think in total it cost £30 (it was several years ago)

i personally wouldnt take on an animal unless i could afford to treat it if and when necessary and i would feel a responsibility to the mouse (especially if i had used it for breeding purposes) to give it the best chance or end its suffering if necessary.

i breed cavalier king charles spaniels but the health and happiness of the dogs and puppies is the most important thing and would rush them the vet in a heart beat if i thought necessary and i would have the same respect for mice - i dont think because they are small or have a short lifespan that their health should be compromised to save a few quid on vet bills, that doesnt make a responsible pet owner - but you do have to way up the pros and cons for surgery for any animal and even for ourselves before going under the knife.
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