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Remy was surrendered into our care with a range of complex medical issues. He was being treated/managed in his previous home for moderate chronic respiratory disease; including being unable to come off enrofloxacin without his symptoms worsening (increased dyspnea, weight loss, and audible respiration) within a matter of days (he may have been immunocompromised). He apparently had respiratory symptoms were also attributable to congestive heart failure (CHF) as well.  On top of that, Remy had abnormal urinalysis readings suggestive of urinary/renal issues.  He was on a low dose of Frusemide given his renal issues and not wanting to put too much pressure onto his kidneys. Remy's health became unmanageable in his previous home when he also developed maloccluded incisors meaning he would likely need ongoing intermittent incisor burring. Remy continued with his antibiotics, renal supplements, and was also introduced to supportive soft-food feeds. We also booked Remy in to be admitted to

Madison and Madeliene

Madison and Madeliene were surrendered to us as their owner was struggling to handle them due to Madeliene being jumpy. After arriving they spent several months in rescue waiting for the perfect home. Finally, the perfect adopter came forward for the girls. They're now living very happily in their new home.

Messiah's Passing, and Jacob: Keeping A Lone Rat

Those of you who followed us at the time will understand why we've decided to discuss Jacob and Messiah in a single post. We will start at the beginning. This post will contain graphic descriptions and images of injuries from traumatic events. Jacob's Castration: Jacob was castrated at 5 months old because he was inflicting very severe injuries on other rats. The worst of which was inflicted upon Oscar, who was a rescue rat at the time. Oscar recovered quickly enough with oral antibiotics and non-steroidals, but we knew Jacob's behaviour had gotten out of hand. Jacob recovered swiftly from his castration, and his behaviour improved substantially. He was introduced to the resident bucks once again. Bonding Jacob to Does: Over time, Jacob's behaviour seemed to worsen whilst he was living with the males. He started inflicting more injuries and the severity of such injuries was worsening. We decided he would be better living amongst does and neutered bucks. For a while, thi

Blake and Barry

Blake and Barry were two sanctuary mice who we rescued with the intention to expand our experience with domestic house mice: we wanted to compare if male house mice do better when castrated and cohabiting with their  own kind, or if they do equally as well cohabiting with multimammates.  Barry was castrated, and Blake went on to live with multimammates. Ultimately, we've found that it really does depend on the individual how well they cohabit with multimammates. We also concluded that male house mice do very well when castrated, and the surgery (in our experience) is generally without complications. For the "everyday" house mouse owner, we would always recommend castration and cohabiting male house mice with their own kind. Blake's Inoperable Tumour: Other than a tiny abscess, Blake lived a long and happy life without any serious health issues. Unfortunately, in his senior months he developed an inoperable tumour that was likely malignant.  The tumour became large and

Homer (The Stray Ferret)

An albino hob was handed into Wright and Mortem vets after being found as a stray by police in Congleton. Wright and Mortem vets agreed to sign Homer over to us so we could appeal for his owner. Upon his arrival, we could see Homer had a parasitic infection. He was treated with topical antiparasitic agents which really improved his skin condition. Appealing for Owner: We appealed for 7 days to find Homer's owner before he became owned by the charity. Sadly, Homer's owner was never found and nobody claimed him. So, we decided to go on a quest to find an adopter. We actually didn't have to look very far, as our trustee, Jodie, fell in love with him and decided to adopt Homer. Homer's New Life: Homer now lives his best life in a custom-built ferret enclosure. Unfortunately, Homer did develop signs of adrenal disease. He's since had a Suprelorin implant which seems to be helping Homer a lot. He also had a vaccine against Distemper. Homer also has a girlfriend now called

Evelyn and Her Battle with Cancer

Adoption: We adopted Evelyn with 4 friends - Enid, Ethel, Mavis, and Doris. We hadn't owned house mice in a long time, and we could see how much their care, medicine, and husbandry had changed over the last 20 years. So, we thought we'd adopt some house mice to live at our home facilities so we could get some up to date experience with them. The Mischief: Back when we had house mice in the late '90s, to our knowledge, it was more or less unheard of to perform an orchiectomy on male mice.  We decided to neuter one of the male house mice to join the mischief of females. So, Evelyn and her mischief later made friends with Barry. The other male mouse went on to live with multimammates (we will do a post about him one day). Around about this time, a lone female house mice who'd been living with hamsters (don't recommend doing that) arrived at Hamster Haven. Vicky and I agreed to bond the lone mouse - then called Evie - to our mischief as well. In fact, as Notts Nibblers