Hamster injured in fight
Posted 14 March 2011 - 11:48 AM
Posted 14 March 2011 - 12:14 PM
For now, I would just say keep doing as you're doing; I think you're doing everything right. If he is eating, drinking and overall as normal as he was before that is a really good sign. I would use some polysporin if you have some lying around, and apply it with a q-tip. It'll help with any infection that may already be present, if any at all. More so a better safe than sorry, kind of thing. It won't hurt him, and he probably won't like it, but he'll appreciate it in the long run!
I would maybe now, keep him separated from all other hamsters, even from site. He may become defensive even from smelling the others, and become stressed from his "post-tramatic" distress. This may send him into a state where he may act very strange, and not eat or drink for awhile.
Play with him normally as you would on any day, and make sure his movement is still normal. It sounds like the squeaking is due to his wounds. Hopefully he's just recovering from the superficial ones, as you had said. But, like I said, it might even be a safe bet to call a vet over the phone. Perhaps you have a 24 hour emergency one?
I also think I misunderstood what you meant; the wound is on his nose? Or?
Otherwise, I hope it all goes well for you!
Posted 14 March 2011 - 01:26 PM
We do have a 24 hour emergency vet in the area, unfortunately they don't treat hamsters. I have located one that does, but they won't be open until 9am tomorrow. I don't know if there's anything they can do, but I have to try. It tears me up to think we could lose this sweet little guy.
Posted 14 March 2011 - 02:20 PM
i use thyme tea to treat wounds on my dwarfs... it works very
well! you just use the fresh herb, thyme, to make the tea.
put a generous handful into a mug or teapot. pour boiling water
just to cover over the thyme, and lid the mug or teapot to prevent
the beneficial oils from escaping. let steep for 30 minutes, stirring
after 30 minutes, set up a towel where your hamster can stand,
and saturate the corner of a paper towel with the thyme tea.
hold the saturated area gently against your hamster's cut... the
longer the better. she most likely will move around, but try to
have 5 minutes overall that the tea is in contact with her cut.
afterwards, don't dry the area.... let it air dry.
repeat this 2 or 3x a day. you can refrigerate the thyme tea and
reuse it once by simmering on the stovetop (but don't bring to
a boil). after using it a second time, though, you need to make
up a fresh batch.
make sure all the bedding in her house is pristine... spot clean
daily. the area where she has this cut very easily becomes infected.
Posted 14 March 2011 - 10:43 PM
yes I recommend the thyme tea for treating all sorts of wounds.
it's very hamster-safe and works as an excellent antiseptic.
the area around the nose and mouth is extremely sensitive. also
because it's a "wet" area, it takes longer to heal. so he must be
getting little "stings" every once in a while, accounting for the
once you've cleaned the area with the thyme tea, you can also
buy something called UMF Manuka Honey to act as an occlusive
dressing. it's a bit pricey ($25 at whole foods) but works at
unbelievable speed to heal wounds. you would apply a tiny dap
from your pinky finger to his wounds each day. because it's so
sticky he won't be able to get it all off, and of course it's very
safe for him.
be careful with vets who don't specialize in hamsters. they often
prescribe antibiotics that aren't safe for hamsters because their
knowledge is so limited.
also, you might want to pick up some fresh kale and start shredding
it into tiny pieces to mix in his food. kale (along with spinach) is a
great food to stimulate proper blood production and will get his
blood levels back to where they belong.
Posted 15 March 2011 - 04:34 AM
Fuzzy is doing much better today. We just got home from the vet and he did put him on antibiotics. But he specializes in rodents and exotic animals, his nickname is the "Rat Doctor" and he was really great with Fuzzy. His heart and lungs sound great, no broken bones, and no other injuries besides the bite to his nose. The vet believes Fuzzy's strange behavior and noises are due to both his pain and the fact that he was so traumatized by the attack. He did recommend we permanently move Fuzzy's cage to another room away from the other 3 hamsters. On the advice of another poster, I did that last night and what a difference in his behavior already!
This site is a great source of information, and I'm so happy to have found a community where people care as much about their little friends as much as we do. Everyone so far thinks I'm crazy for spending $52 on a vet visit for a hamster, but our pets are a part of our family and we love them.
Thanks again to everyone for all the great advice!
Posted 15 March 2011 - 04:59 AM
And don't worry, I'm sure that most members on this forum care just as much for their hamster as you do so I'm sure you're not crazy :P
Glad to see people genuinely care for their pets!