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#1 Igloo.

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Posted 01 August 2011 - 02:49 AM

my robo dwarf hamster hasnt opened her eyes since we moved houses a few days ago, and she's been sleeping alot more, should i be worried, or what should i do?




#2 negar

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Posted 01 August 2011 - 03:08 AM

I think you should take him to the vet Posted Image

#3 Igloo.

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Posted 01 August 2011 - 03:11 AM

i'm calling vets but its sunday and half of them are closed:/

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Posted 01 August 2011 - 04:37 AM

Hope she gets better soon . Is she drinking and eating well ?

#5 missPixy

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Posted 01 August 2011 - 05:35 AM

you need to pick her up and check her temperature. does she
feel "normal" temperature, or cool to the touch (especially the
top of her head)? put your ear close to her and see if you can
hear her breathing. does it sound "wet" as though she's congested?

gently pull on the skin on her back to "tent" it. when you let go,
does the skin fall right back into position? or does it go down
slowly? if slowly, she's dehydrated and needs super hydration
as soon as possible, administered orally by you.

#6 Igloo.

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Posted 01 August 2011 - 01:17 PM

i haven't noticed her drinking or eating at all the past couple of days:/

i can't hold her, I've never been able to tame her:/ she's a robo dwarf so its very hard to even catch her. so trying to take her temp, and listening to her breathing will end up in a lost hamster, she'll jump right out of my hands.
she did feel normal when i gave her some wet tail medicine(i noticed it this morning and bought medicine right away).

#7 missPixy

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Posted 02 August 2011 - 12:44 AM

why did you give her wet tail medicine if she doesn't have diarrhea? :scratchchin:
this could dehydrate her since this stuff is meant to dry out the
excess water in the digestive tract causing the diarrhea.

how did you give her the medicine if you can't hold her?

are her eyes still closed?

#8 Igloo.

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Posted 02 August 2011 - 05:18 AM

i gave it to her because she does have diarrhea, she usually poops in her front tubes and she hasnt been, she's been pooping in her puzzle house and it was foul smelling and covered in wet poop.

she has a toilet paper tube in her cage so i caught her in that:/ i know it sounds mean but thats the only way anyone can catch her.
and i waited for her to come to the eye dropper and she licked it.

i havent tried waking her up today, so she's been asleep all day. so i'm not sure.

#9 missPixy

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Posted 03 August 2011 - 12:36 AM

if she has diarrhea she is probably dehydrated, which isn't
good since you can't hold her to manually give her fluids.

it's best if you find a hamster-experienced vet who will
be able to treat her... unfortunately this is the down side
to a hamster that's never tamed, when they get sick it's
almost impossible to treat them. when they get sick you
can't rely on them to drink and eat and take meds on
their own. usually you have to pick them up and give
them these things on a scheduled basis until they improve.