On thursday night i came home from work and gave my girls a cuddle. Straight away i noticed that Spirit my youngest (9 mnths) smallest mouse was dragging her back right foot along... on closer inspection when running my finger along the inside of her tail there was no response at all. It was just completely limp. She wasnt squeaking or bothered in any way and when i put her down she seemed to walk fairly normally and drag herself up the sides of the cage.
First thing the next morning i took her to the vets. She gave Spirits tail a little squeeze and deduced that she also had no feeling in it... :( poor girl, the only thing that i think could have happened is a funny fall, possibly trapping the nerves or damaging her spinal column or something...
The vet gave her an injection to hopefully reduce any swelling around the spine and gain some movement back in her foot or tail, and said that if it didnt return the tail would probably have to be amputated as she or one of the others may start chewing it and it is getting in her way (she keeps treading on it).
The foot would possibly have to be amputated too though that is a more complex procedure... there is movement from above the knee and the other back foot is fine.
Was just a shock that this happened to my youngest and most agile mouse... the cage was safe, she just cant have something with bars now...
I think her tail will probably have to be amputated :( though as she still has movement above the knee i may ask the vet to leave her foot, as i am getting a long flat glass tank so there is nothing she would be able to trap it in.
What are peoples thoughts and opinions?