overthinking a plate of house mice.
August 18, 2012 5:22 AM Subscribe
Mousefilter: a house mouse got its back half stuck in a box fan last night. We heard it squeaking and rescued it (and I got nipped). Nurse line tells us to keep the mouse, just in case, and page our doctor. We did. This morning, when we came out, it was on its back and non-responsive, but still breathing. What do we do?
posted by joyceanmachine to health & fitness (19 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Both on a health level and I guess a humane animal treatment level. Do we try to put the mouse out of its misery? If so, how?
- the mouse's tail looked badly bruised last night. This morning, it's hard to tell, but it looks like it's snapped in half. No other visible injuries.
- the back half of the body is really big, almost swollen. I thought it was pregnancy originally (definitely female), but maybe it was internal injuries?
- we put it in a big glass vase that we have together with a plastic container it could hide under, plus a little food, but no water
- it was moving around fine after capture, but became more lethargic as the evening went on.
- I washed the two places where the mouse drew blood thoroughly with soap, then soap and water, and put bandaids on 'em.
- we called the nurse line. The nurse line said to keep the mouse and page our doctor since it was late Friday night. We did. She didn't call back. It's a busy urban practice, and yeah, I can't even feel the nips this morning.
- I'm current on my tetanus boosters. (I think. Four years ago?)
- The disease/animal control website for our city says that mice almost never carry rabies and are not known to cause rabies in the US.