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Not using back leg?

Post by Jackdaw » Thu Nov 12, 2009 11:05 pm

Just noticed that Arthur is limping badly and not using his back foot. It is swollen and feels very floppy but he is trying to use it occassionally like to scratch but it just sort of twitches when he tries. He is still playing and moving around though.

Is this likely to be a sprain or strain or something more serious like a break?

I also noticed he was licking our hands and arms madly. Could this be a reaction to pain? I only have some neurofen children's ibuprofen? My poor licky boy :(

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Re: Not using back leg?

Post by lilladysez » Thu Nov 12, 2009 11:09 pm

Its unlikely to be broken as they can die from the shock of that. I think child safe drugs are ok but metacam can be bought from the vet. Leg injuries fix really quickly so don't worry too much, just manage his pain.
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Re: Not using back leg?

Post by Jackdaw » Thu Nov 12, 2009 11:21 pm

Thank you. One of the other rats recently had something similar but with his front paw but he never seemed to be in any pain so that's what is worrying me the most. Going to look up dosages and give him some ibuprofen. I'll probably shut them in one half of the explorer overnight just to let him rest it a bit more.

Not feeling quite as calm as usual today - it's been a very bad day. Thank you!
Kelly and the Ratties - Arthur, Merlin, Rupert, Spot, Crumble, Moss, Fennel, Bramley, Pike, Dandelion, Arrow and Pipit
And at the bridge - George, Henry, Badger and Sushi :(

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Post by lilladysez » Thu Nov 12, 2009 11:41 pm

I've had two leg injuries, Angel who got her back foot trapped in a drawer (that i shut, you can't imagine the guilt) and Minny who wouldn't straighten her front leg, both took only a few days before they acted back to normal. Cornering them off is a good idea, try to reduce climbs too if you can.
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Re: Not using back leg?

Post by Amzy » Fri Nov 13, 2009 2:25 pm

Calpol for infants is Rat safe :) x
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Post by MarieM » Fri Nov 13, 2009 3:08 pm

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