> 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
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
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.