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Hello! I found a small field mouse, otherwise healthy with no injuries and he eats just fine and is super vocal, but cannot stand up straight. He also flops on his side and cannot stand upright for long without falling over!

What can i do? Should I put him out of his misery? Can i buy medicine to help him and release him back into the wild?

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Hi Ryan,

It sounds to me like this mouse needs medical attention immediately.  Please call your local veterinarians, animal shelters/rescues, and wildlife rehabilitators to find someone who can help him or her.  Even if they are not able to be helped, a practicing veterinarian will be able to help you humanely euthanize it, which is not something that is possible at home.

Since I am not a vet and am not there I cannot help you evaluate the extent of damage.  I'm sorry, but you need a trained professional to help him or her as soon as possible.  Check your state's wildlife and forestry pages to see if anyone in your area helps small mammal wildlife.

Best of luck,
-Tam

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