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I work at a pet store and noticed that there was a small mouse in a separate enclosure no one knew why he was in there, but I did notice he has a bad front arm and I'm not positive his back legs work due to him crawling earlier today, I brought him home to care for and was wondering what I should do to nurse him back to health. (He is a feeder mouse but I intend to keep him as a pet).

Hi Christine,

Your mouse needs to see a veterinarian immediately.  He is either sick enough that he cannot stand, and there is not in fact anything wrong with his legs, or he has nerve damage.  Honestly, even if his back legs were simply injured, that is not a natural position for him to be laying in - he is in distress.  As he is right now, he is not going to be able to get to food or drink, either.  If you truly want to nurse him back to health, he needs a professional's assistance as fast as possible.

I can't tell from the photo - is his tail short?  Is it possible he was removed for being injured in a fight, and may be fighting an infection?

If you have a veterinarian in your area that sees pocket pets like mice, or an emergency clinic that takes exotics that will be open today, please bring him in.  Please let me know how it goes!  My thoughts are with the little dude.



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