• Respiratory illness manifests itself in mice with what sounds like a tiny sneeze or cough. While this may look and sound quite cute, it can indicate a serious problem if it occurs regularly. While sneezing can be caused by a simple allergy and is just as simply remedied, it can also indicate a bacterial or viral infection, which unfortunately is not as easily curable. To determine if your mouse is truly ill, or just suffering from allergies you can perform a simple test. Remove them from their enclosure for awhile. If the tiny sneezes subside than you know that something in your mouse’s environment is irritating them. Likely culprits are bedding and food. You can try switching these with hypo-allergenic alternatives, until you find something that you little pet seems comfortable with.

• However, if your mouse does not seem to be helped by a change of scenery, it may be seriously ill. Sickness in mice is usually accompanied by rough fur, glazed eyes, and curling into a ball or hunching over. Reductions in activity or grumpy mood are also indicators of an illness. If you have more than one mouse it is important to separate the one you suspect to be sick from the rest to ensure the infection does not spread. Take your mouse to the vet as soon as possible. Your vet will either prescribe some antibiotics to be put in the mouse’s water or a dropper to drop some directly in their mouths. Hopefully your mouse will make a full recovery.

• Continue to the next section: Health Problems: Diarrhea