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walking weird with hind leg

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Nadja1112

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Im a little bit stressed it have been 4 days my female rat have been walking differently with her one hind leg, she doesn't curl it up under her, she does walk on it its just like she try to walk more with the other. Whenever I try to look at it she doesn't make a sound or anything and it hasn't swelled. She still have a big appetite and drinks plenty of water.

She's 1 year and a half and she lives in a big cage with 3 levels.
 

lilspaz68

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She may have a mild sprain or strain, and is not using it too much right now. Just in case, have a feel around her leg/hip for any signs of tenderness or lumps. If you aren't sure you can put her in your lap and carefully feel both her good leg and her bad leg feeling for any differences.
18 months is a bit early for hind end degeneration to begin, where they start getting weaker in the hind end, often dragging one leg behind them for a moment during their movement. Its a slow progression and in some older rats perfectly normal.
 

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