They Also Get Sick
Rodents, such as mice, rats, guinea pigs, and other rodents can also get sick, just like humans. However, unlike humans who don’t disguise their ailments, rats and mice are prone to disguising their ailments because they don’t want their predators to see them weak and kill them in the end. Illnesses in mice and rats can include everything from minor diseases such as allergies to dangerous diseases such as cancer. One interesting thing about rodents is that humans can transmit them their diseases, just like they can transmit diseases onto humans. In this article, we will feature common diseases found in both wild rodents and in pet rodents.
The Common Cold
The common cold in rodents is pretty much similar to the common cold in humans. Mice and rats who suffer from common cold usually clear up the disease within one week. The symptoms of common cold in rodents, such as rats, mice, guinea pigs, and hamsters include shaking, watery eyes, sneezing, and tiredness. If you have a pet rodent that has common cold, you should make sure that it has fresh food and water available in its cage at all times. Keep your sick rodent’s cage away from sunlight, high temperatures, and keep the drafts out of your rodent’s cage.
Pet rodents are, just like their human owners, highly susceptible to salmonella poisoning. If you don’t want your pet rat or a pet mouse to get salmonella poisoning, you should make its sink clean before you fill up water bowls. Also, wash your pet rodent’s bottles with hot water to prevent your rodent from getting infected with salmonella. Now, you also have to protect yourself before you touch your pet rodent. Before touching your pet rodent or touching its cage, you should wash your hands with an antimicrobial soap to prevent yourself from getting infected with salmonella. The symptoms of salmonella in rats and mice include diarrhea, dehydration, loss of appetite, and shaking.
Rodents are also prone to skin allergies that can be easily solved. Mice and rats usually get allergies from dusty hays, meadow hays, vanilla, fresh foods, and hamster feeds. Some signs and symptoms of skin allergies in rodents include:
• Rubbing Against Objects
• Bleeding Scabby Skin
• Clusters of Bumps