So Prince is poorly. :(
His breathing 'clicks' and sometimes he makes sad little 'peeping' sounds (like a baby bird) and is heaving quite badly, as well as being lethargic and only wanting to sit hunched up in the corner with his eyes squashed shut.
I noticed 2 days ago and got him a vet appointment as soon as possible, I think he might have inhaled some of the chinchilla dust in his litter as the petshop ran out of the sand I normally use and the dust is much finer. Either that or it could have been the hay I give him to chew and nest in; both hay and dust have been removed now.
Apparently he has a respiratory infection, he's been to the vet today and I was given Sulfratrim (0.05 ml twice a day) and (Meloxicom 0.1 ml twice a day) and told to try steam therapy.
But the vet didn't say how long for, does anyone know ? I know i should do it twice a day but for five minutes? Ten? Longer?
And in terms of diet and hydration...he doesn't want to eat right now, he feels snuffly and lethargic and awful and seems content to sleep all the time (which I think anyone who has ever had flu can attest to pretty well! who doesn't just want to sleep all the time when they are sick, after all?). But obviously hamsters have such fast metabolisms that it's important he gets food and water regularly. Would this work as a food substitute (he has a bowl of Harry Hamster in his cage and a bowl of Harry Hamster crushed up with water as well. I tried giving him some from a spoon but he refused it): http://emeraid.com/emeraid-omnivore/
Also, how do you tell if a hamster/rodent is dehydrated? Can you do the pinch test as you can on humans ?
Heartfelt thanks to you all <3
Proud owner of 2 chinchillas and a dwarf hamster
(chins for the win!)
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