Princie is not well.

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Princie is not well.

Post by Stephe » Mon, 07 Jan 2008 11:02:49



Princie has been getting worse over the last two weeks. He stopped coming out at his regular time to go in his playball.
And when he did go in his ballie he wasn't using his legs right. For the last week he's given up on wanting to come out of his cage.
There is something wrong with his front right leg and he turns his head down and in the direction of the leg. It's like he had a stroke or something. He gets exhausted right away when he tries to do anything. He will stop and rest but his breathing is heavy and rapid at times. Princie over 42 months old so I don't know. It hurts to think that this may be his time. He comes out for food still but he can barely walk and he falls over alot, mostly in the direction of his bad side. It's so sad to watch him going through this. He's a tough little guy though. He's not giving up easily but I don't he has much longer to go. I'm wondering is there anything I can do to help him feel more comfortable? I took him out earlier and held him for about an hour petting him and letting him know I love him. He just slept in my arms. Oh well, I afraid there isn't much else I can do...

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"I have an everlasting itch for things remote,
   I love to sail forbidden seas..." [Melville - Moby***]
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Stephen

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Princie is not well.

Post by B. Robert » Mon, 07 Jan 2008 13:19:57


I'd hold him as much as he'll let you, just let him know you're there.

I'll keep both of you in my prayers tonight.

Brian & Judy & The Hamster Horde


  Princie has been getting worse over the last two weeks. He stopped coming out at his regular time to go in his playball.
  And when he did go in his ballie he wasn't using his legs right. For the last week he's given up on wanting to come out of his cage.
  There is something wrong with his front right leg and he turns his head down and in the direction of the leg. It's like he had a stroke or something. He gets exhausted right away when he tries to do anything. He will stop and rest but his breathing is heavy and rapid at times. Princie over 42 months old so I don't know. It hurts to think that this may be his time. He comes out for food still but he can barely walk and he falls over alot, mostly in the direction of his bad side. It's so sad to watch him going through this. He's a tough little guy though. He's not giving up easily but I don't he has much longer to go. I'm wondering is there anything I can do to help him feel more comfortable? I took him out earlier and held him for about an hour petting him and letting him know I love him. He just slept in my arms. Oh well, I afraid there isn't much else I can do...

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  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
  "I have an everlasting itch for things remote,
     I love to sail forbidden seas..." [Melville - Moby***]
  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
  Stephen

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Princie is not well.

Post by Hilar » Mon, 07 Jan 2008 14:43:52


It does sound like a stroke. Poor princie.

Just give him lots of tlc and lots of cuddles if thats what he wants.  Move anything out of his cage that he could fall off or bash into, and he may need a larger bed if his turning circle is impaired. If it is a stroke its not uncommon for the hamster to suffer more disability a few days after the first problems are noticed.

I've had several with strokes in old age over the years.  With good nursing they adapt and should have some more time left.

The first week is usually critical as they may be too exhausted to eat/drink.  So offer morsels of fruit, and mushy easily digested stuff and water on a medicine spoon every couple of hours or when you notice hes awake.  He may wet his bedding so keep a check on that and gently dry him off and put in clean.  He may not be able to reach his back end so again a little help from you will be needed.

Keep his cage  warmer than usual.  You can lean a hot water bottle on the outside of the cage near his bed.  Check to make sure he makes it back into bed and cover him over with bedding if hes fallen asleep on the cage floor.

After about a week he will be stronger and will start doing more for himself and usually they adapt to whatever isnt working quite so well.  It depends on the hamster really. Some just give up but others seem determined carry on for a bit. Just take your lead from him.  If he wants to wander around let him , just for a few minutes several times a day to stop him getting stiff.  

I found with some of my stroke sufferers the playball stopped their legs from sliding out from under them, so they were able to potter around slowly and visit their usual corners.

(((((((((((( Stephen and Princie)))))))))))


  Princie has been getting worse over the last two weeks. He stopped coming out at his regular time to go in his playball.
  And when he did go in his ballie he wasn't using his legs right. For the last week he's given up on wanting to come out of his cage.
  There is something wrong with his front right leg

 
 
 

Princie is not well.

Post by Piema » Wed, 16 Jan 2008 09:18:31


I'll be thinking about your little Princie.
I hope he feels better soon

  Princie has been getting worse over the last two weeks. He stopped coming out at his regular time to go in his playball.
  And when he did go in his ballie he wasn't using his legs right. For the last week he's given up on wanting to come out of his cage.
  There is something wrong with his front right leg and he turns his head down and in the direction of the leg. It's like he had a stroke or something. He gets exhausted right away when he tries to do anything. He will stop and rest but his breathing is heavy and rapid at times. Princie over 42 months old so I don't know. It hurts to think that this may be his time. He comes out for food still but he can barely walk and he falls over alot, mostly in the direction of his bad side. It's so sad to watch him going through this. He's a tough little guy though. He's not giving up easily but I don't he has much longer to go. I'm wondering is there anything I can do to help him feel more comfortable? I took him out earlier and held him for about an hour petting him and letting him know I love him. He just slept in my arms. Oh well, I afraid there isn't much else I can do...

  --
  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
  "I have an everlasting itch for things remote,
     I love to sail forbidden seas..." [Melville - Moby***]
  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
  Stephen

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