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#1 jiaxle

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Posted 10 January 2011 - 06:35 PM

Will dropping a hamster affect their internal and external well-being? I dropped my hamster few times, to be exact 3 times. It has no problems so far but i am worried if it has injured his muscle, bones or other internal parts of the body. I need information on that. Oh ya, i dropped it about 10 cm high. I feel so sorry for my hamster. Anything to help strengthen bones?




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Posted 10 January 2011 - 06:58 PM

When handling your hamster, make sure to not keep it far from the ground unless you have lots of fluffy/soft bedding. My robo will jump 3 inches off her houses and stuff, and it doesnt seem to effect her because she is so tiny. There isnt much force when falling.

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Posted 11 January 2011 - 12:00 AM

Yeah..if you have a jumper, you might want to hold him over something that way he will not suffer a fall, it can keep your ham from getting hurt..

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Posted 11 January 2011 - 02:58 AM

when you drop a hamster, always check inside his mouth afterward.
many hamsters break a tooth when they fall from a height.

if your hamster is acting normally now, chances are that he wasn't
injured in the fall. my vet has told me that sometimes, a sudden
impact for a hamster can instigate a tumor... I don't know how
that happens, but I've had 2 dwarfs who developed tumors a
month or so after a bad impact.

as far as diet, calcium will keep bones strong. I like to use
broccoli, chopped very well, and low-fat shredded cheeses
like mozzarella. mix one of these in with the daily seedmix
a couple of times a week. maybe broccoli 2x a week and
cheeses 2x a week.

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Posted 11 January 2011 - 03:07 AM

when you are holding a hamster first take it very slowly out of its cage and then sit crosslegged on the bed so if it jumps it will not be hurt and it will land on the soft material of the materas and blankets if you feel it is about to jump or squirm out of you grasp quickly return it to its cage to avoid an injury from falling.

#6 jiaxle

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Posted 11 January 2011 - 08:02 PM

how does a tumor looks like? i think my hamster develop a tumor. what should i do?

#7 jiaxle

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Posted 11 January 2011 - 08:15 PM

when you drop a hamster, always check inside his mouth afterward.
many hamsters break a tooth when they fall from a height.

if your hamster is acting normally now, chances are that he wasn't
injured in the fall. my vet has told me that sometimes, a sudden
impact for a hamster can instigate a tumor... I don't know how
that happens, but I've had 2 dwarfs who developed tumors a
month or so after a bad impact.

as far as diet, calcium will keep bones strong. I like to use
broccoli, chopped very well, and low-fat shredded cheeses
like mozzarella. mix one of these in with the daily seedmix
a couple of times a week. maybe broccoli 2x a week and
cheeses 2x a week.


Did they die?

#8 missPixy

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 06:49 AM

one died because the tumor was on the side of her face
and inoperable. the other didn't die because the tumor
was attached to her reproductive tract, and we had it
surgically removed.

also I've had plenty of dwarfs who've fallen and never
developed tumors. just pointing out a possibility, not
something that will definitely happen.

#9 jiaxle

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 09:15 PM

Sorry about ur dead hamsters but i found out that it was not a tumor cos it has to be marble size. It probably a mosquito bite.

Edited by jiaxle, 13 January 2011 - 09:16 PM.


#10 missPixy

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 11:58 PM

is it gone? if not, keep an eye on it. tumors Can start pretty
small, and then keep growing. if you notice it gets bigger, it's
time then to see a vet. unless it's an abscess, which is also
common after a fall if the hamster hit against his face.

#11 jiaxle

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Posted 15 January 2011 - 10:45 PM

Thx for your advice but they is confirmed not a tumor cos it was not under the skin and it is healing now. Hair is growing normal at that area no humps and is acting normally. Eating and sleeping. :)

Edited by jiaxle, 15 January 2011 - 10:45 PM.


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Posted 15 January 2011 - 11:13 PM

Glad your hammie is getting better :)