Field Mice and Lyme Disease |
I think my son's dog captured a field mice. We saved it's life but were wondering if it was a smart think to keep it. It's the size of a half dollar,grey, round nosed and long hind legs. What do you think we should do? If we do keep it, how do we make sure this is what it is? What to feed it? It might be a baby?
I can't tell you what it is, but I'd say it's wiser to return it to the field once it's healthy enough. That's where it's supposed to live. If you want a pet mouse, you can go to a pet store and rescue one from the reptile feeding room.
And yes, field mice can carry Lyme Disease, and rarely Hantavirus.
Phillip Raclyn, DVM CVA
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Update: June 2012