Our little Buttercup is sick... please help :(

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Our little Buttercup is sick... please help :(

Post by cesarwh.. » Sat, 16 Feb 2008 00:13:09



Hello all,

First of all thank you for reading this post. Our little Buttercup is
only 17 months old, last Friday we noticed that she was breathing
heavily but on Saturday she looked fine, on Sunday night after
cleaning her cage she started to be lethargic and again breathing
heavily; we took her to the vet Monday morning and after a few hours
the doctor released her after IV and medication and the vet prescribed
some medicine for her. We have been giving her water using a
eyedropper since she can not reach the water bottle, she was eating OK
until last night that she didn't touch her food and she didn't want
any water; she has been making some noises that sound something like
tsk, tsk tsk... and she is moving very slowly, and she still breathing
heavily.

Does any one have any idea what's wrong with her? we loved her so much
and we are really sad :(

Thank you in advance for your help,

 
 
 

Our little Buttercup is sick... please help :(

Post by Stephe » Sat, 16 Feb 2008 09:04:41


Didn't the vet say what may be wrong with Buttercup? Well, anyway, I'm not
very knowledgeable when it comes to the medical problems but I'm am
pretty sure the "tsk" noises are nothing to worry about. My babies make that
sound when they are being affectionate. Same principal as a cat when it
purrs.
Anyway, that is what I have read. Do the best you can to make Buttercup
comfortable. If she lets you hold her and pet her that would be a good thing
to do. Assurance of love always helps.

There are some very knowledgeable people in this group that can help you as
well. I'm sure you'll get a response to your posting. Sorry I couldn't
be more
helpful.
Stephen

Quote:
> Hello all,

> First of all thank you for reading this post. Our little Buttercup is
> only 17 months old, last Friday we noticed that she was breathing
> heavily but on Saturday she looked fine, on Sunday night after
> cleaning her cage she started to be lethargic and again breathing
> heavily; we took her to the vet Monday morning and after a few hours
> the doctor released her after IV and medication and the vet prescribed
> some medicine for her. We have been giving her water using a
> eyedropper since she can not reach the water bottle, she was eating OK
> until last night that she didn't touch her food and she didn't want
> any water; she has been making some noises that sound something like
> tsk, tsk tsk... and she is moving very slowly, and she still breathing
> heavily.

> Does any one have any idea what's wrong with her? we loved her so much
> and we are really sad :(

> Thank you in advance for your help,

 
 
 

Our little Buttercup is sick... please help :(

Post by cesarwh.. » Sat, 16 Feb 2008 09:15:57


Thank you Stephen.

Sorry I forgot about the diagnostic. The vet was not really sure, she
suggested that might be a respiratory infection. But she couldn't be
100% sure. We are trying to keep her warm since her body temperature
is a little low. She walks two or three steps and she has to take a
rest :( so we don't know.

It has been 3 days since we started with the medicine and she is not
getting any better. Yesterday night while we were giving her the
medicine and petting her, she had a small discharge like if she had
diarrea, but very little.

 
 
 

Our little Buttercup is sick... please help :(

Post by Hilar » Sat, 16 Feb 2008 11:44:11



Quote:
> Hello all,

> First of all thank you for reading this post. Our little Buttercup is
> only 17 months old, last Friday we noticed that she was breathing
> heavily but on Saturday she looked fine, on Sunday night after
> cleaning her cage she started to be lethargic and again breathing
> heavily;

I'm sorry she isnt well.  They do get varying infections and being so tiny
its not always easy for the vet to be 100% sure, especially as unless its
their speciality they dont see hamsters that often. But it sounds like hes
covered everything to help her fight whatever it is.

Were her poos solid before the medicine?  And did her urine smell unusually
strong?

The medication etc especially if he gave a steroid shot will probably make
her dozey for a day or so.  Usually it makes them thirsty.  If she too
exhausted to drink/eat then just carry on hand feeding small morsels of
food,fruit, etc, and add some water to crushed food (unsweetened cereal) on
a t-spoon so she gets some moisture as well as the food.  Do this several
times a day until she picks up. Just good nursing really.

You can also swish a small piece of apple (dont leave it in) in her water
bottle, making it taste slightly of apple or one drop of apple juice (not
citrus).  I have found that can tempt them to drink. Keep her a little
warmer than usual and if she wets her bedding change it as often as
necessary. If shes messy at the rear clean gently with very slightly damp
ball of cotton wool then dry with another.

Some hamsters have breathing problems with pine based litter or anything
scented.  If you are using sawdust I would take it all out of the cage for
now, just leave spoonful in her loo area. You can use torn up white
unscented toilet roll for bedding and you can change to a paperbased litter
like Carefresh if moving the sawdust helped.

It also possible that someone has used, fly spray, hair spray, carpet
freshener, room fragrance in the same room so make sure she is away from
anything like that.

One thing I usually mention with breathing problems is if you have a gas or
solid fuel fire. Check for carbon monoxide.  They are so tiny if you have
boiler/fire problems they will be affected long before a human being is.

Hope she gets well soon.

:o)

 
 
 

Our little Buttercup is sick... please help :(

Post by cesarwh.. » Mon, 18 Feb 2008 09:48:30


Thank you all for all your replies. Our little Buttercup died in our
hands on Valentine's Day at night after we gave her her medication,
some water and a little bit of smashed food. We were petting her when
she gasped for air and she just gave up. In certain way I am glad that
we were there for her in her last minutes, she didn't have to die
alone. :(

Thank you all, :(

 
 
 

Our little Buttercup is sick... please help :(

Post by Hilar » Tue, 19 Feb 2008 00:53:29



Quote:
> Thank you all for all your replies. Our little Buttercup died in our
> hands on Valentine's Day at night after we gave her her medication,
> some water and a little bit of smashed food. We were petting her when
> she gasped for air and she just gave up. In certain way I am glad that
> we were there for her in her last minutes, she didn't have to die
> alone. :(

> Thank you all, :(

I'm sorry  she didnt pull through. I'm sure it was a comfort for her to be
with her family at the end.

((((((cesarwhite and family)))))

:o(