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Old 08-28-2021, 07:43 PM   #1
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Exclamation Bleach Fumes near Hamster

I forgot to take my anxiety medication this morning so my brain has been foggy and not working the way it usually does. Currently having a panic attack because aforementioned brain fog prevented me from remembering using the clorox cleaner + bleach spray in the same room as a hamster and a toad is a Bad Idea, let alone using it basically a foot away and below the enclosure. It was only on the floor for maybe 5 seconds before it clicked and I wiped it off and sprayed it down with water but I know fumes stay a long time.

The toad is in a small enough enclosure I was easily able to just move him. I've turned the fan on and opened a window. Panic brain can't think of anything else and is trying to convince me I've basically just killed my boy.

Is there anything else I can do? Should I put something over the enclosure? I can't really move it and I worry trying to keep him in his carrier over night while it airs out would result in an escape.
What signs should I look out for?
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Old 08-29-2021, 03:40 AM   #2
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I think as long as it is well ventilated and the fumes can disperse you will be ok.
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Old 08-29-2021, 06:39 AM   #3
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I agree - now you’ve ventilated the room it should be fine. He’ll be asleep in his nest during the day so a bit protected from scents. Although the smell is strong it will quickly dissipate.

There are other things you can use that kill Covid if that is the concern. In fact soap is effective

Anxiety is a horrible thing. But I am sure your hamster is fine. Deep breaths!
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basically, bleach, brain, enclosure, panic

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