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Old 12-30-2016, 03:49 PM   #1
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My newbie was chewing the bars but started screeching and was stuck, pulled herself free but started bleeding, scruffed her and she's broken one tooth. Not sure if the other one is wobbly. The bleeding seems to have stopped but she's snorting/sneezing - I think she's trying to clear the blood out of her nose.

Is there anything I can do??? Feel awful for her
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Old 12-30-2016, 04:01 PM   #2
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I have heard that gerbils can get their teeth stuck in bars that are too narrow,so that could possibly be a problem for hamsters as well.

The best thing to do would be taking her to a vet,as this definitely needs professional attention
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Old 12-30-2016, 04:14 PM   #3
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I've seen this happen before at a show. Try and keep her calm now and offer soft foods overnight. She may have bruised the nose or inside her mouth. The blood is often because they bite their tongue in the panic. I'd try and see a vet in the morning to trim the teeth even. They should grow in again as long as there is no root damage. Most vets are open Sat morning. Don't leave it till the holiday weekend if you feel she is in pain as that will be very pricey! She may get away with some metacalm for the pain. It's important to keep her eating so anything she will take for now. Hope she is OK starry.
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Old 12-30-2016, 04:19 PM   #4
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She seems to be settling a bit. Sounds like the blood has cleared from her nose/mouth too.

She'll be off to the vets in the morning as she'll need pain killers and anti biotics to prevent infection. She's had half a dose of pain killers (all I could get into her) and is, as I type, making a nest. Put some porridge (made with water) in just in case she will want to eat but her tooth/mouth is hurting. She stuck her head out of her nest at the smell of porridge but had second thoughts and went back to bed.

I'd get her to the vets tonight but it was only a week ago that I paid an emergency call out fee of 110 as one of my hams had to be PTS at 11:30 at night last Sunday. Not my week for hammies
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Old 01-01-2017, 03:48 PM   #5
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Update! The newbie, now named Wispa (after the chocolate bar because she's brown and white and has little wisps of fur behind her ears) is on the mend. Took her to the vets the morning after her accident, annoyingly didn't get to see the exotics vet but the one that examined her seemed to know enough. Although obviously hadn't handled an untame baby wriggly Syrian ham for a while lol! Got anti biotics (baytril) and anti inflammatories (meloxidyl), she gave her the first dose via injection and I'm giving the rest orally. She really doesn't like taking her meds lol.

I'm pretty sure she's eaten solid food, I did give her some baby food which she wolfed down but I've seen her crunching on other stuff too. Had another look at her teeth, one is broken off near the gum at a slight angle, the other seems to be straight. She does have a gap between the teeth though so I think one might be wobbly which I'll keep an eye on. She didn't get a tooth trim, the vet didn't offer and to be honest I would have probably refused as she wasn't an experienced exotics vet. I'll keep an eye on her teeth and if they grow wrong I'll get her to the exotics vet. She's doing everything else normally, using her wheel etc.

Haven't got any decent pics of her yet as I've only had her a week and our friend has our DSLR camera at the moment but took a quick pic of her on my phone -
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Old 01-01-2017, 07:03 PM   #6
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Poor hammy . Hope her teeth are ok. It must be a nightmare to trim them. Most vets struggle with guinea pigs teeth where I live. I have to drive to Northampton to get my dental pig's teeth sorted.

I would try and get an appointment sometime this week with your regular vet. Maybe when she's settled in a bit more and is a bit tamer .

You're doing everything I can think to suggest already. If she struggles with her mix, you could get some Science Selective biscuits and soften those.

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Old 01-02-2017, 02:05 AM   #7
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Good to hear she did well at the vets and is behaving normally now. Aww what a cutie. She appears to be a LH Sable starry
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