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Casper’s Illness

In yesterdays rambling post, I explained that my gorgeous white Syrian hamster had passed away after fighting a mysterious illness. Well for the sake of all my hammy friends and all those who are worried about their little fur-babies, I want to explain what happened and the tell-tale signs that something wasn’t quite right.

So I was having a routine evening cuddle with Cas and I noticed that he didn’t look quite right. The first sign, bulging eyes...His eyes were really bulging and he was veeeeery slightly tilting his head to one side.
Now don’t get me wrong hamsters can be very bright eyed but this was out of the ordinary for my little Casper who as you may know spent the majority of his time with them shut!

As you can see from the picture, his eyes look very rounded and almost protrude from his face.

He kept on blinking normally and his behavior hadn’t changed at all so all I really noticed was he looked a little different.

All I could really do at this point was monitor it.

Over the next week or so the tilt in his head became more prominent. It was affecting the way he walked about too.
My first thought – inner ear infection.
The inner ear affects balance and can be treated with antibiotics.

I took my poorly baby to the vets and he behaved as good as gold! Only wriggled a tiny bit when they were examining him.

I always feel like a horrible hamster-mummy when I get the tank out. But it’s the best thing to take them to the vets in. Small and nowhere to hide so the vet can get them and treat them with as little stress as possible in my opinion.

So the vet gave Cas a thorough examination. And as is usually the case with hamsters, the vet couldnt do very much at all for him.

Vet Visit for lil CasperIts the sad thing about such small critters in that they are so small treatments such as surgery are next to impossible.

Never the less, the vet gave me the verdict.
There was something wrong with Caspers brain. A swelling, possibly a tumor.
It was this tumor/swelling that was causing his eyes to protrude and causing his behavior to change in terms of walking lop-sided.

They gave him some antibiotics in the hope that it wasn’t as serious as they thought and that it was an infection of some sort. The hope was that the medicine would improve the swelling and make him more comfortable.

Unfortunately, after 2 weeks there was no improvement on his condition. If anything he had deteriorated. He was still eating and drinking but his breathing had become incredibly laboured and his eyes were starting to get a little weepy.
My poor fur baby was not looking healthy at all. 😦

I moved his cage into my bedroom and kept a close eye on him. Poorly Cas, cuddles o'clock!Every available opportunity, he got cuddles and snuggles in warm blankets. I hand fed him water and moist foods to try and keep him as hydrated as possible.

As you can see from this picture, he really was starting to look unwell.

He had no energy at all.
Laying still and breathing was hard work for him.

He did manage to nibble at the food infront of him although it was never very much as his weakness was starting to really show.

It was at this stage I knew Casper wasn’t going to make it for much longer.
Watching him fight so very hard for life was torturous and my heart was genuinely breaking. I would put his tired body on my warm tummy and we would sit quietly together for hours and hours of an evening. He knew I was there and he knew I was watching him and he didn’t given up!

It was the third day of this very poorly Cas and I had booked a vet appointment. I didn’t want to let him go but it was cruel to let him struggle any longer.

It was on this very evening that he curled up on my tummy for the last time.
Struggling to breath :(He was really struggling to breath.
He took his last breaths while being stroked and snuggled.

It was a very very sad time.
Even now, months and months later, I miss this little hamster so so much. He was the perfect pet, friendly, tame and just the cutest.
He has left an unimaginable space.
I am beyond grateful for this blog and all the memories I have captured and shared.

To re-cap Casper’s symptoms for you worried hammy-parents;

  • Bulging eyes
  • Tilted head
  • Lethargic
  • Laboured breathing

I can’t stress enough, get to the vets! There is a million and one things that could cause the above. Chances are good with antibiotics! Its best not to waste any time.

RIP Casper
xxx

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Help! My Hamster Has A Bloody Bum!

One of the things I pride myself on most for this blog is all the various information you could possibly need about hamsters is in the one place, right here! Poorly hamster
Now as we know Eve sadly past away in Feb of this year (2014) but I felt it only right to document and report her symptoms and treatment and what was actually wrong as someone else somewhere might have the same problem with their pet and want the know-how..

 

After holding my female Syrian Eve, I noticed a little dried blood around her tail.
Please note I am including pictures of her poorly bum in this post so other worried pet owners can compare. If you don’t wanna see a poorly hammy bum then feel free to not read the rest… Continue reading

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End of an Eve

So as you may be aware from my return post, I am sad to announce the loss of Eve, my beautiful female Syrian.

I wish I had a happier update for this beautiful, friendly little hamster but sadly I need to explain to you what happened.RIP Eve

She sadly was put to sleep on the 21st February 2014 after getting a very nasty womb infection that antibiotics couldn’t fix.

Let me rewind a little bit as this is all seeming so sudden (even just typing it).
I shall eventually post a whole article about the other things to do with Eves health in the lead up to this event as I know my blog is used as a reference for a lot of this kind of thing. People in the future, I am sure, will want to know all the symptoms, treatments and all that malarkey without reading my emotionally attached mumbo with it. 
But for today, I am just briefly going to let you all know what happened and a few pictures to remember little Eve as I would prefer.

Hallo beautiful! xoxoxMid January at some point, I started to notice Eve had a bloody bum, nothing massive but enough to be leave visible dried blood on her bum. (I shall include a photo in the more graphic article – I’d rather have happy pictures here).

I initially put this down to maybe she had caught herself on an edge in her cage. As she has nibbled a number of impressive gouges in the plastic casing of her cage, I didn’t put anything past her really. I kept my eye on her.

It got to the start of February and there was still blood on her bum. It was at the stage where she would walk along the work surface and she would leave marks where she had been. She didnt look uncomfortable, she still seemed her usual self so I naively guess there wasnt such a red light in my head.

I took her to the vets the week after. Eve behaved as good as gold for the nice vet, letting her examine her belly. The verdict was originally cystitis and a week long course of antibiotics.

The next week few days were quite clearly stressful for Eve. If anyone has a hamster that enjoys taking medicine then let me know cos I’m sure that’s just a myth! Anyway, I left her to rest up and carried on as normal.

Eve struggling for breath whilst sat on my chest for warmth x

Eve struggling for breath whilst sat on my chest for warmth x

At about 10pm on Thursday the 20th Feb, as I went up to bed and checked on the hammys to say goodnight and do the nightly medicine feed, Eve was on her back on her flying saucer, unconscious and cold. 😦

I immediately wrapped her up in a blanket and got a little consciousness back in her. But she stayed cold and her breathing was a clear struggle. I fed her droplets of water from her bottle and she seemed to pep up more but she couldnt walk and every breath looked very painful.

Next day, an emergency trip to the vet was booked in. To be honest with you, I was more surprised she survived the night!

Once at the vets, Eves struggle for breath was very apparent. The vet was very concerned and suggested this was no longer cystitis (a bladder infection), it was infact a much more worrying womb infection which had spread over her body and was now shutting down her lungs. The fact the antibiotics hadn’t helped left limited options for treatment obviously. She said her bum had become bloody and pus was present in the blood. Eves tummy even looked almost bruised purple which I hadnt noticed up till now..

I had two choices.
Option 1) Eve could have surgery to spay her, removing her womb and the infection within. However due to the week long antibiotic course and her struggle for breath, the likelihood of survival was incredibly minimal. Even more minimal when we knew the infection had spread to her lungs. And on top of all these odds against us the vet added that she had only performed this surgery on a handful of hamsters in her career.
Option 2) Have Eve put to sleep to stop her suffering.

It was a terrible decision and I blubbed like a baby before the vet had finished explaining the choices.

As I looked at my poor little girl panting and wheezing on the table, pain in her eyes, I knew what had to be done.

We had a lovely little cuddle.

RIP Eve
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The first picture ever of Eve doing the monkey bars! Remember this old snap people?! Is it me or does Eve have a very rounded face? Eve; all she is missing is a party hat! :D Thats it Eve, scrub up nicely for you vacation! :D Harro Eve ;) IMG_0577IMG_0679

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A Visit To The Vets

The Vets. That place that makes all animals up and down the country, and even across the world, shudder with horror and quake with fear!

A few days ago, I said about how a hamster breaking a nail is no big deal. More often than not, broken nails heal themselves and the hamsters are oblivious. Well I am well and truly eating my words here. If you have liked the Facebook page then you will be well aware of whats been going on with Caspers poor toe. (I told you that Facebook was a behind the scenes look at Hamster Diaries! You get the juicy gossip before the blog and exclusive photos too! Hah, I love my little sales pitch :P) Anyways, Caspers toes got very puffy and swollen and seeped a bit.

Turns out the broken nail that is common in rodents and usually sorts it self out has gotten a little infection! TYPICAL!! 😛

So this morning Casper was taken to the dreaded vets. As soon as he entered that waiting room there was a cat eyeing him up and drooling a bit and Casper froze up. I held him in my hand to make sure he was comforted and he didnt move a muscle for a good 20 minutes. No he wasn’t sleeping (for once) he had his eyes open; he was just seized up! All them scary smells of big dogs and hungry cats literally hung in the air and Cas was TERRIFIED!

We got called in quite quickly and the vet had a good look at his toe. “Ohhh yeah, looks like there’s a little infection going on there.” Casper, stayed so beautifully still the vet was impressed with his tameness! Noooo, he’s not scared sh*tless or anything, he’s just really obedient 😉 ahhaa!

So Casper has been given a course of antibiotics for his toe and I will have to take him back in a week to get him checked over again to make sure its healed properly.
Poor Casper 😦 Fingers and toes crossed he will make a speedy recovery 🙂

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