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Old 11-08-2018, 11:07 PM   #11
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It does sound as though he's getting better, it's hard to guess what if anything might be causing a reaction, I can't remember if you said what you feed him or whether there might be something in that but if he continues as he is you probably don't have to worry & he'll be ok.
Some of those natural wood houses & toys can be dangerous with all the little tacks in them & do need to be checked carefully, I gave up buying any of those type of things some time ago as for the most part the quality does seem to have gone downhill.
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Old 11-09-2018, 04:27 AM   #12
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I'm so sorry that you and Murmel have been going through this, but I'm so pleased that your little sweetheart is doing better. I will keep my fingers crossed that his condition continues to improve and he will be perfectly fine in no time. I'm also sorry that his wooden house had an exposed nail, too. Luckily, you were able to catch it in time. Hugs to you and cuddles to Murmel. Btw, I just wanted to mention that a friend of mine had a ham who was losing fur, scratching, sneezing, and acting uncomfortable so she thought her ham may have had mites and treated him for that. The condition continued to worsen so she went to the vet. It turned out that she had been feeding the ham with hamster food that contained a trace amount of tomatoes in the ingredients. The vet told her that tomatoes are poisonous to hams and to discontinue using the food. After that, the ham's itchiness stopped immediately, all of the hair grew back nicely, and the ham no longer showed any signs of stress. Unfortunately, I'm not sure what brand of ham food she used to use containing tomatoes, but you may want to check to be sure Murmel isn't using any foods that has tomatoes listed as an ingredient even in the tiniest amount.
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Old 11-09-2018, 06:05 PM   #13
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@cypher He has been running around like normal again today, he has even moved into his house by now. At the beginning he was very suspicious of it because it had a bigger opening than his old natural wood house and he normally chooses tiny spaces over larger, better spaces. Like, if I put in a house for a dwarf, he would cram himself in there in an instant and ignore his syrian hamster house completely, he is hopeless. But he has gone in now, and natural wood houses are one of the things I will not be purchasing again either. I have heard that more and more lately from German owners that more and more clips and nails were standing out harmfully, so I am not gonna risk it. I mean, my house seemed fine, and half a year later: Random nail! It wasn't even holding anything or attaching anything to the house. So thanks for telling me, I won't be buying those again either.

@dreamtree1234 really? That's aweful, good that she figured it out in time! It was good thing she went to the vet and got him checked, poor both of them, it must've been really stressful! Glad to hear the ham's doing fine now though Luckily, Murmel doesn't really lose fur, at least not large amounts. It's normal, but I guess since he was rubbing against the walls normal dead hair and also life hair got stuck in the walls. He has no bald spots and a beautifully groomed mane. I just looked as well, no tomatoes in his food, only carrots, beet root, meelworms, seeds and the like. will keep an eye out for tomatoes from now on though, thanks for letting me know, I was thinking of giving him fresh ones as feshs at some point, so thank god you told me, actually.
Honestly, I was shocked that I didn't notice the nail sooner, but glad I could fix my mistake before anything happened. Hugs to you and your furry guy(s) as well, and lots of cuddles
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Old 11-09-2018, 10:26 PM   #14
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Fresh tomato flesh is fine to give them as long as it's fully ripe Murmel, it's just the skin & seeds they can't have.
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