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Old 02-05-2020, 08:50 PM   #1
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I was just giving my hybrid hamster Mimo a meal worm and noticed some little spots of dried blood. He sometimes bites so initially I thought it might be mine, but I spot cleaned yesterday and he hasnt bitten be since. I haven't given him a super thorough look over yet as he's not very keen on being handled but thus far I haven't seen any dried blood on him or any scabs/wet marks.

His behaviour hasn't changed at all and I can't contact a vet until tomorrow morning. Does anyone have any suggestions on anything I can do in the mean time?
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Old 02-05-2020, 08:56 PM   #2
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Are you sure it's blood? Is there anything in the cage that could have stained the bedding at all?
He may just have scratched himself, are his nails ok & not too long?
Check everything in the cage to make sure nothing has any sharp edges that he could catch himself on, no wooden houses/toys with tacks in, or anything with entrance holes that may be too small.
If you can't see any blood on him then just keep an eye out & see how he goes.
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Old 02-05-2020, 08:58 PM   #3
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Old 02-05-2020, 09:02 PM   #4
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The only sharp bits are on the exterior of the lid which are inaccessible to him entirely. There is a little wooden wheelbarrel that has some little nails in it though they aren't exposed- I've removed it for now. I'm hoping he just scratched himself with his claws- they don't seem to be too long but he does scratch pretty intensely sometimes.
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Old 02-05-2020, 10:50 PM   #5
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Hopefully it is just a scratch but iIf you see any more try to check him over, if he doesn't like being handled you could try putting him in a large glass jar or container of some kind so you can get a look underneath, if it continues & you can't tell where it's from then it would be a good idea to get your vet to check him over.
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Old 02-06-2020, 02:41 AM   #6
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I've sent emails to all the local vets to ask their costs and if some of them even treat hamsters. In the morning I also am going to ask a family friend who breeds hamsters ehat her opinion is. I saw a bit more after checking up on his at 4am- one partial paw print and a sort of smudge on his wheel
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Old 02-06-2020, 08:59 AM   #7
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Quick question...is Mimo definitely a 'he'?

Was thinking it might be something gynecologically related in which case you may not see where it is coming from. Just a thought.
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Old 02-06-2020, 09:08 AM   #8
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I actually suspected he might be a girl for a while. I just had him in a glass container to look for blood or injuries though and he is indeed a boy. That scent gland startled me for a second though!
I couldn't find any scabs or cuts but his little armpits and a bit of his chest have slightly less hair and look a bit raw.
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Old 02-07-2020, 04:44 PM   #9
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Update: he will be going to visit a family friend who happens to be a specialized small pet vet and hamster breeder to make sure everything is a-ok specifically with the armpit thing. Since the blood on the wheel incident there has only been a single spot about the size of the tip of a pin. I do believe it was just a scratch but am keeping a close eye on him. I added a layer of white bedding to his cage so it will be very clear if it happens again.
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Old 02-14-2020, 12:42 PM   #10
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Update:

Mimo is a-okay after a vet visit. Turns out Mimo is a girl but has a male-sized scent gland and no visible nipples! They might be intersex but without taking a look at their internally we won't know for sure. For now I will be using they/them pronouns because I think it fits and Mimo is a hamster who doesn't have a concept of gender.

They have a small cut on a front paw but no other injury was found. It could be blood from their vulva and I'm going to continue to keep an eye on everything.
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