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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-01-2009, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
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Baby mouse dragging back legs, but is not paralyzed

So I recently bought a little mouse who was recently weaned, and I think he may have hurt his legs. I'm thinking it was because I put her with some older females, and they weren't fighting, but I did notice that the others were sleeping on top of this particular mouse. I've now separated it, and am giving it special care. He's been eating and drinking normally, but he doesn't like to move around a lot (obviestly) She is able to move her legs, but she chooses not to, and she just drags her back legs, while once in awhile using them. They don't seem to be broken either. Is it possible that the legs are just sore and she's just choosing not to use them? Has anyone experienced anything like this before?
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Lol correct all the 'he' s and 'his's to 'she' and 'her' I wrote it the first time with male pronouns without thinking and forgot to change all of them XD
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How old is it, it may have been weaned too early or in a cage with other babies that they didn't have enough room for muscle development. Or she just may be goofy and will come out of that.

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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-02-2009, 02:39 PM Thread Starter
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It's about 4 or 5 weeks old
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Maybe try to make it do exercises with you and work out those legs like just lightly playing with it.

If there is no swelling, and no cuts, it could be neurological and a vet can't do much in an animal so small

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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-02-2009, 06:27 PM Thread Starter
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Well I doubt it's neurological, it was fine when I first got it.
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-10-2009, 07:27 AM Thread Starter
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I dunno what it was, but it healed on its own
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It may have been bruising or sore legs, glad she better
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It could be neurological, nerve damage doesn't means paralysis, and I've seen rats that are paralyzed from the waist down heal and walk again. What I mean is that there are different levels of nerve damage.

Anyway, I'm glad that it healed on it's own, it's true that with an animal so small, there is little a vet could do about it, usually just make sure that it's eating and drinking, urinating and defecating and that's about it.

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