• One of the more common health problems mice experience is scabs or sores on the back and head area. These wounds are generally caused by two different sources, a parasitic infection or a food intolerance. For more information on what foods could be triggering an adverse reaction in your mouse, read our section on bad / dangerous foods for mice. The other common cause of these itchy rashes are parasites.
• The most common culprit is mites. These mites can infest your mouse through a number of different sources. They can come on hay, straw, other mice, or infected food. These mites are very small and usually cannot be seen with the naked eye. If you don’t want to make a trip to the vet, there are several commercially available broad treatments for mites. They are usually marketed for birds as mites are a much larger problem in birds than mice. Follow the directions on the container, usually it involves a few dustings or sprays a week.
If that doesn’t seem to provide your little critter with relief, or you’d rather go strait to the professionals you can take your mouse to the veterinarian. A vet will likely give your little guy an injection of Ivermectin. It is important to have a professional figure out the dosage because this particular treatment is for much larger animals and will need to be significantly diluted. Make sure you completely clean out your mouse’s cage and toys and make sure his or her environment is completely disinfected and washed before returning your mouse to his house.
• Keeping your mouse’s environment clean and away from possible sources of contamination is the best thing you can do to protect him from sickness.
• Continue to the next section: Health Problems: Sneezing / Coughing