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I have a wild mouse I raised from an infant (her name is Natasha!) She is now four and a half years old. She has lots of energy and does not appear to be in pain (though I know prey animals don't show their vulnerability) She has what appears to be a huge brown scab on one foot,(hematoma?)  and all of the rest of her toes on all of her feet are turning brown. They are enlarging as well. She has also lost a significant amount of weight in these past 6 months, though I would say her energy and vitality have increased. I am concerned that her toes are dying. I am not sure what to do. Do you have any idea what this might be and how I can help her?  

Let me know if you have any questions.  Thanks.

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Please send photos.  I can have some medical people from the rat community take a look.

In fact. If you are on Facebook I want to do one better. I will add you to a group with some really good medical people including vet techs and a vet. That way there can be questions and answers.

On Facebook I am Ratasha MouseRat.

https://www.facebook.com/natasha.mouserat

I run the group Rats and Mice are Awesome (Facebook name only Rats are Awesome), which you should join:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/RatsandMiceareAwesome/

Friend me and I will put you in a different, medical group, as well.

What is your history with the little mouse? What is her story?

Very sorry for the delay :( :(

Squeaks,

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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