Register FAQ Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Navigation
Front Page
Forum
Gallery
Wiki

Ads by Google


Go Back   Hamster Central > Hamster Central Forum Topics > Hamster Healthcare

Notices

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-17-2022, 11:21 PM   #1
FancyWasabi
Newborn Pup
 
Join Date: Apr 2020
Posts: 5
Default What's wrong with hammy?

Hello all, I have a one and a half years old winter white hamster. lately, she's been down on appetite (unable to chew down hard food), and I noticed a fur loss around her right eye. is this caused by inflammation from feeding too many sunflower seeds or a sign of aging? it might not be obvious from the picture, but it really looks like the eyeball is about to pop out any second.

Imgur: The magic of the Internet
FancyWasabi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2022, 08:19 AM   #2
Ria P
House of Hamsters
 
Ria P's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2019
Location: Wiltshire, UK
Posts: 6,285
Default Re: What's wrong with hammy?

I would take her to a vet asap.
__________________
Housemate of Rory & Rodney & Jack & Clive & Scottie
& lodger Finley
always in my thoughts Percy, Henry, Gordon, Edwina, Clarissa, Betsy, Ozzy, Monty, Romy and Gertie
Ria P is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2022, 06:35 PM   #3
Serendipity7000
Hamsters University
 
Serendipity7000's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: North of England
Posts: 23,141
Default Re: What's wrong with hammy?

Agree - it looks like she may have an eye infection. It could be caused by a tooth infection. But it can be very painful if the eye comes out. It’s a tricky age. She’s not old but she’s not young. Treatment would probably be removing the eye - they can manage fine. But it depends what’s causing it. They may try antibiotics first but if the eye is protruding it’s probably no longer a working eye (ie she’ll have lost the sight). The fur loss is probably the eye has been weeping. If it’s painful then it’ll be hard to eat as well.

You need to see an exotic vet - ordinary vets don’t have enough knowledge about hamster ailments.
__________________
Serendipity7000 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2022, 07:27 PM   #4
FancyWasabi
Newborn Pup
 
Join Date: Apr 2020
Posts: 5
Default Re: What's wrong with hammy?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Serendipity7000 View Post
Agree - it looks like she may have an eye infection. It could be caused by a tooth infection. But it can be very painful if the eye comes out. It’s a tricky age. She’s not old but she’s not young. Treatment would probably be removing the eye - they can manage fine. But it depends what’s causing it. They may try antibiotics first but if the eye is protruding it’s probably no longer a working eye (ie she’ll have lost the sight). The fur loss is probably the eye has been weeping. If it’s painful then it’ll be hard to eat as well.

You need to see an exotic vet - ordinary vets don’t have enough knowledge about hamster ailments.
There isn’t a single vet near me within 25miles…. I’m going to put erythromycin on her to see how it works, if not I will switch to bacitracin+neosporin. I’m suspecting this inflammatory is caused by feeding too much sunflower seeds.
FancyWasabi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2022, 03:45 AM   #5
Ria P
House of Hamsters
 
Ria P's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2019
Location: Wiltshire, UK
Posts: 6,285
Default Re: What's wrong with hammy?

I can't see how sunflower seeds could cause a serious health issue like that. You could email a vet and send a photo to get him the help he needs. Maybe they could prescribe and post medication in special circumstances when people are unable to travel to see a vet. Trying medication prescribed for humans would be like a human taking medication that was prescribed for their pet.
I hope that you can get him some help soon because his condition looks painful.
__________________
Housemate of Rory & Rodney & Jack & Clive & Scottie
& lodger Finley
always in my thoughts Percy, Henry, Gordon, Edwina, Clarissa, Betsy, Ozzy, Monty, Romy and Gertie
Ria P is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2022, 06:04 AM   #6
AmityvilleHams
PM Fluffy for custom title
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Posts: 4,490
Default Re: What's wrong with hammy?

Sunflower seeds really wouldn't lead to an infection. In moderation they're an incredibly healthy food that hamsters(and other pets that are capable of digesting them) should be allowed to consume.

Don't use human medication. At the very least it won't help, but at the worst it can be severely toxic or potentially lead to an overdose and ultimately put you in an even worse position than you're already in.

Consulting an actual vet via email as Ria P has suggested is a great thing to do. Worst case scenario you might still have to travel and see a vet in person if needed so do keep that in mind. I know travelling to see a vet isn't ideal especially with a hamster, but proper veterinary care is crucial for the welfare and safety of your hamster.
AmityvilleHams is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2022, 11:19 PM   #7
FancyWasabi
Newborn Pup
 
Join Date: Apr 2020
Posts: 5
Default Re: What's wrong with hammy?

can you please elaborate on the Ria P part?




Quote:
Originally Posted by AmityvilleHams View Post
Sunflower seeds really wouldn't lead to an infection. In moderation they're an incredibly healthy food that hamsters(and other pets that are capable of digesting them) should be allowed to consume.

Don't use human medication. At the very least it won't help, but at the worst it can be severely toxic or potentially lead to an overdose and ultimately put you in an even worse position than you're already in.

Consulting an actual vet via email as Ria P has suggested is a great thing to do. Worst case scenario you might still have to travel and see a vet in person if needed so do keep that in mind. I know travelling to see a vet isn't ideal especially with a hamster, but proper veterinary care is crucial for the welfare and safety of your hamster.
FancyWasabi is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
aging, feeding, inflammation, sign, sunflower

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimisation provided by DragonByte SEO v2.0.43 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2022 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright 2003-2020, Hobby Solutions
All times are GMT -7. The time now is 09:15 PM.