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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-04-2009, 12:46 PM Thread Starter
 
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Unhappy Old mouse sudden hind leg paralysis

Okay, I came back home yesterday after being out all day to find one of my mice had lost the use of his back legs :/ I have had these mice (him and his brother) for going on five years now so it isn't unexpected that they would be starting to feel their age. The little guy seems to be getting around okay, though I make sure to put the water bottle next to his mouth in the morning and evening so he can drink, and yes, I will be taking him to the vet on Thursday. My question is if anyone else has had this happen to their pet mouse and if so, is there anything I can do about it/should I have him euthanized/is he in pain from this? I really would love to have him around for as long as possible since once one dies, the other will be very depressed and lonely. For the record they are Egyptian Spiny Mice but other than that I don't think they are any different than normal mice (though I guess they are also related to gerbils).

Thanks in advance for the advice, I'm pretty depressed myself about this sudden change in his health.
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I wouldnt do anything drastic, my 3yr old rat has the same issue and over time she has improved some, not 100% function, maybe 60%...but she can still move around and have a quality of life, I think it's hard to say, maybe a stroke, maybe a pituitary tumor...there's a variety of reasons


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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-05-2009, 06:42 AM Thread Starter
 
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Yeah, on doing some research I've decided that this was a stroke (he's not listing to one side like with a PT).

Sucks. He's still going to the vet on Thurs to check him out.
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Aww i hope he is alright


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