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Old 10-13-2019, 04:42 PM   #1
EllieM
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Default Goodbye little one

Hi everyone. A few days ago my little Syrian, Daisy passed away. I have only had her for a couple of months and I can't believe she's gone so soon. I miss her so much and I'm feeling guilty that I did not realise that there was something so wrong and get her to a vet. She seemed absolutely fine up until a couple of days before she died when I noticed that she hadn't been on her wheel. She still seemed to be eating and drinking ok and I just wondered if she had been on her wheel during the night while I was asleep. The following night, she was up and about but seemed really lethargic. She came out to see me and take some food but then went back into her nest. I was worried but decided to wait and see how she was in the morning. When I went to check on her in the morning, she had died. I feel so sad that she is gone and guilty that I didn't try to do anything.
I am trying to come to terms with it and wondering why she died so young. When I picked her up after she had died, there was a little bit of poo around her bum but not much, which made me wonder if it could have been wet tail. It didn't look like diarrhoea though. I did some googling about wet tail and saw that lethargy and ears pointed back were also symptoms. I realised that she did have her ears pointed back but didn't think anything of it. The only other thing I noticed after she had died was that her tummy was swollen on the right hand side. I don't know why this would be.
I know nothing can bring her back, but I guess I'm just trying to come to terms why she died so young and wondering where I might have gone wrong. I read that wet tail can be caused by stress. If it was wet tail, I hope that I did not stress her out. She always seemed to be happy to be handled and I was always gentle with her.
She was only a tiny thing, but the room seems so empty without her.

Ellie
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Old 10-14-2019, 03:22 AM   #2
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Default Re: Goodbye little one

I'm so sorry for your loss. It is hard to lose a little one so young. Often we never know the cause. Some are born with a defect that only affects them as they grow. With the one sided swelling it does sound like there was a blockage of some sort or maybe a womb infection or ovarian cyst which can affect females of any age.
Blockages can be caused by the fluffy bedding which should never be used for hammies but the other issues you could not have known or done anything about really. She had a short but happy life with you where she was treated with love.
Run free at the bridge Daisy x
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Old 10-14-2019, 06:49 AM   #3
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I am so sorry. That is very sad and as Souffle says we will never know. They can be born with a genetic weakness. They do leave a big hole in our lives and hearts. I hope you feel able to get another hammy as I find it helps to look after another one who is a bit different - different colour or sex eg. You're not replacing them but just continuing to love a hamster who needs you.

I would think about getting a hamster from a different place next time though as some pet stores may not use the best breeders and we don't know what breeding practices have been used before they get to the pet store.

It is not your fault and nothing you could have done. This clearly came on very quickly and she passed in her nest in a loving home.
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Old 10-15-2019, 04:15 AM   #4
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Thank you for your replies. She was definitely loved during her short life. I just wish we had had more time together.

I bought her from my local Pets at Home. The hamsters there seemed well cared for, although I have no idea what sort of conditions they were kept in before they arrive in the store. I know a hamster breeder might have been a better place, but I donít think there were any local to me.

I miss her so much. It has been comforting to look at pictures of her and a couple of videos that I had recorded of her running around and climbing in her cage. I'd love another hamster, but I think it will be a little while before I'm ready.

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