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I recently bought a mouse.
After I got home I realized he has an extremely swollen foot. I can move it around and he can walk on it fine, but it's red. He eats and drinks, but he won't use his wheel and all he does is sleep. Is this serious?

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Dear Kaylaa,

The little guy should definitely go to the vet.  You should be able to find a good vet through one of these lists. You will have to call to see if they do mice.

Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (WORLDWIDE)
http://www.aemv.org/vetlist.cfm

Association of Avian Veterinarians (USA)
http://www.aav.org/search/index.php


Until then he should have a drop of infants' or children's liquid ibuprofen every four hours. It will help with pain and swelling.


I don't know how I missed this last night; sorry (and sorry, mouse!).

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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