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Old 04-17-2024, 02:54 AM   #1
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Default Respiratory infection and now sore eye

Hi Forum,

Moss is a male Syrian, approx 5months old. I got him in the adoption section from P@H as he had been bought twice and returned as unhandle-able.

I recently went on hols for 2 weeks, we had a house sitter for the animals. Came back on Friday last week (12th) and Moss was snuffling around his cage, sneezing, very sniffy.

I took him to the vet on Saturday (not an exotic vet, only a regular vet had availability). Suspected respiratory infection which does seem to fit the symptoms. Moss does not like to be handled so the vet visit was traumatic, he bit the vet twice!
Anyway, he has been on Baytril antibiotic (2x day), Loxicam anti inflammatory and decongestant (1x day) for the last 4 days. I haven't seen an improvement in his breathing yet.

Last night I thought his right eye looked a little like the fur was thin around it.
This morning, he has a visible sore with red skin, like he has been scratching it. His eye seems okay, just the skin around.

I dont really know what to do! I have tried to bathe the eye with warm water and cotton, but it doesn't seem crusty or anything. He is on teabag bedding and has reptile sand in the cage. I have removed coco soil, sprays and moss enrichment in case these were causing a reaction.
As mentioned, he is skittish and handling him to administer the medicine is quite a task, but we are managing so far. He weighs 120g in case that's relevant (I'm sure he has lost weight while we were away, but he is eating).

Should I book another vet appointment? Is it too soon to expect an improvement yet?
It's sad to hear him sniffing and sneezing and not running on his wheel as he used to. Also, my other hamster housed across the other side of the same room does not have any symptoms at the moment.

Thanks for any help!
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Old 04-24-2024, 07:32 AM   #2
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How is Moss doing now?

The eye certainly looks irritated, I'd want to pop back touhe vets with that.

For resp issues I'd want at least a 10 day to 3 week course. Baytril is broad spectrum so should tackle most but if after 3/4 weeks id maybe be looking to add a second antib like doxy or a steroid.

Hoping he has improved though
Feel free to ask me about rat advice too
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Old 04-25-2024, 12:23 AM   #3
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Thanks Amethyst_ice,
Moss' eye has slightly improved with antibiotic cream, now scabbed over. That's good to know about the Baytril taking longer, I'll keep giving it til we run out!
Not sure how I managed to post this thread twice, but updated photo is on here:

Scratching near eye and Respiratory Infection
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