Mice live for between one and two years and are generally healthy animals. Often, most illnesses come with age. Make sure you find a vet who has chosen to specialise in small mammals to get the best possible care for your mice.
Parasites, such as fur mites, can be fairly common in mice. Incorrect bedding is one of the most common causes of this. Signs your mouse might have a parasite infestation include:
If your mouse is showing any of these symptoms, you should consult your vet for treatment. Mice with parasites affecting their neck and ears may require round-the-clock nursing as these can be extremely uncomfortable.
Tumours are fairly common in an elderly mouse. They can grow very quickly because mice have a fast metabolic rate. Mammary and intestinal tumours are the most common and are the most likely to be cancerous.
When you handle your mouse - and you should do this regularly – check for unusual lumps and bumps on their body and abdomen. If you’re at all concerned, take your mouse to the vet.
When your mouse reaches around 12 to 18 months old you’ll start to notice a few changes, which are very common in mice. These include:
If you feel your mice are starting to struggle with one or more of these symptoms, talk to your vet. While they’re perfectly natural, you’ll want to make sure they’re comfortable and not in pain.