By Helen Burns | Dated March 28, 2019 | 0 Comments
The parody of trying to give a […]
By Helen Burns | Dated May 2, 2019
Little Anastasia was just 6 months old when her family noticed that she was holding her head to the side, and walking around in circles. She was still bright and happy, eating and drinking, and generally enjoying herself. She was just looking at the world a little differently.
Pet mice (and indeed rats) are commonly affected by diseases of the respiratory tract. At times they may sniffle, sneeze, chatter their teeth and have laboured breathing. Others however, will present just as little Anastasia did, with signs of a middle ear infection. Mice are commonly infected with both a virus, and a bacteria called Mycoplasma pulmonis. This bacteria is an unusual one, in that it doesn’t have a cell wall. That may sound entirely academic, however many antibiotic s work by stopping bacteria reproducing or by killing bacteria by disrupting the bacterial cell wall. So, for Mycoplasma, many antibiotics are ineffective. Fortunately though, we have a liquid antibiotic in a berry flavour that is perfect for dosing little mice, and is also effective against Mycoplasma. Now it’s just up to Anastasia’s family to give their little mouse 0.01ml of medicine twice daily!