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Hi. I have a mouse with her hind leg brokeb and the worst part is that her bone is sticking out of the flesh! The foot is dangling but it isn't rotting. When I discovered her foot, there wasn't any bleeding or blood stains anywhere. I I have given her a bit of paracetamol for pain and applied some terramycin on the affected area. What else can I do to help her? My country do not have much vets who sees rats or mice and the vets here don't care about them as the mind set of the ppl here only thinks mice and rats are feeders or just pests. Thanks.

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Dear Kimberly,

I am sorry to take so long to answer, but there is nothing else to do. Keep giving her those pain meds for a week. Watch extremely carefully for infection. I recommend picking up some antibiotics for fish- tetracycline, amoxicillin, or doxycycline in capsules or packets- just in case. If it swells, seems to hurt around the area, or smells, you will want to get the mouse on antibiotics ASAP. Contact me and I will respond much more quickly.

Not seeing the foot I have no idea what is physically going to happen. It is possible that she will chew off a leg part. Whatever happens, she will get used to her disability.

Poor little girl. Best of luck and a speedy recovery

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Natasha  

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I can answer questions about raising mice and caring for them as pets, with knowledge from my 38 years of having fancy mice as pets. I have NO MEDICAL TRAINING and you should take a sick mouse to the vet; but if you simply can't, I will try to help you. I LOVE PHOTOS!!! I ALSO LOVE UPDATES! Let me know how the little tyke is doing later on, for better or worse, especially orphans. It also helps me to help the next person. Please first search first: use 'Natasha Mice Mouse' with whatever else your question includes. Or check out these links: **** YOUR FIRST MOUSE (my video; rough draft): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNK4uqNZTbA&feature=share **** TEN VIDEOS ON RAISING ORPHANS: http://www.youtube.com/user/CreekValleyCritters/videos?query=raising **** SEXING MICE: http://www.thefunmouse.com/info/sexing.cfm **** And some GREAT MOUSE INFO SITES: http://thefunmouse.com/info/index.cfm http://www.rmca.org/Resources/mousefaq.htm

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I have had mice for 40 years (since I was 5!). I raised them when I was a child but now I keep all females, and never fewer than three so that if one dies the others are not devastated, because they have each other.

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I run Rats and Mice are Awesome on Facebook. The official name is Rats are Awesome.

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B.A., M.A., M.A. in Linguistics: Yale University and University of Connecticut

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