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Mouse baby belly
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I have some 5 day old (my best guess) wild mice that I wanted to save because their nest was destroyed. One of them got a bubble in their belly and I thought it would work itself out but now it is not moving nearly as much and seems to have a dark spot underneath the stomach. I'm very worried that this could be something deadly and I hope for any advice you could give! Posted a picture to better highlight what I'm talking about.

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Hi Lauren,

The good news is, that looks like a milk belly!  :)  That white spot looks to me like a full tummy of formula, and it means you are doing a perfect job.  The dark blotch on the other hand could be anything from skin pigmentation darkening up in preparation for the coat to come in (it's about the right time for it), to internal genetic issues that you wouldn't be able to do anything about anyways, so it's also not something to stress too much over.

As far as movement, at this age the pups should be eating every two hours.  They should start fussing and moving when they are hungry, and settle back down to rest after their tummies are full and their bladders emptied.  With that in mind, not moving much might not actually be a bad thing, as long as he is eating well and peeing each meal.

Keep feeding those babies just like you have been, and if you have any other questions just let me know! :)

-Tam

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