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I don't know if my pet fancy mouse is sick but she is hunched over a bit and she feels a bit cold. Her ears are kind of off to the side of her head and she doesn't have much energy. I just want to know what is wrong with her, what I can do to help her, and if I need to take her to a vet.

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Anika

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Hi Anika,

Lethargy (lack of energy) and hunching are both potential symptoms of an illness, though I cannot guess which one from here. Yes, she should see a vet right away for a diagnosis and help treating whatever is going on.  Mice do not like to show us when they are in pain, so noticing clues like these are the best way to get her timely help.

If you cannot find a vet to help you or have any other questions please write me back, but visiting a professional is the best thing you can do to help her recover and start feeling more herself.

Let me know if there is anything else I can do,
-Tam

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