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Old 03-09-2021, 10:52 PM   #1
Footless21
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Default Rotten feet?!?!?!

I went to PetSmart 1 week ago and purchased 2 Long Haired Syrian Hamsters. (All my hamsters are always kept in separate cages)
Turbo (Syrian 1) died from Wet Tail 4 days after being purchased.
I then got a Winter White Dwarf Hamster.
After Turbo died, Fire-Ball (Syrian 2) started having seizures then over night his feet turned black and hard and all his toes fell off.
Fire-Ball is now at the vet but they canít figure out what is wrong.
Today, Turbo 2.0 (Dwarf) suddenly died. There was nothing obviously wrong. He was acting like a normal hamster until his little heart just stopped.
I did Put Turbo 2.0 (Dwarf) in the previous Turboís (Syrian 1) cage. THE CAGE WAS THOROUGHLY CLEANED FIRST BECAUSE OF HOW CONTAGIOUS WET TAIL IS.
I do NOT handle my hamsters until I have had them for 2 weeks. I just talk to them while being next to the cage so they can adjust, so I have not even been able to really hold my recent hamsters.
I have Had many hamsters before and none of this has ever happened!!
Does anyone know why my hamsters feet turned black and he lost his toes?!?!
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Old 03-10-2021, 10:04 AM   #2
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That's awful I am so sorry... No idea what happened, except that it is probably the result of terrible breeding practices and pet care from PetSmart. Did you contact them?
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Old 03-10-2021, 10:40 AM   #3
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They don't have fluffy bedding or any rope or fabric in the cage do they as this can twist round toes and feet and cut off the circulation. Certain bacteria can also infect the feet especially if there is any rusty bars or platforms with bars in the cage. You really need to have them seen by a vet and 2 weeks is too long to not check a hamster as it gives things time to take hold without you noticing.
I hope you can have this looked at very soon.
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