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Urgent - can anyone help me to save DDs hamster?

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HipHipHippoo Thu 28-Mar-19 20:44:35

Our hamster is only ten months old. Just went to get her out and she's laying on her tummy, whiskers are twitching and eyes are moving but her legs are flat out and she has a bump along her spine sad She won't go in her wheel so she hasn't injured herself on there, could she have hurt herself climbing the bars in her cage and falling off? Is there anything I can do to help her? (Besides the vet tonight preferably I'm a lone parent and the DC have just gone to bed)

Wolfiefan Thu 28-Mar-19 20:45:59

Have the children had her out? Could there have been an accident? Doesn’t sound good.

gubbsywubbsy Thu 28-Mar-19 20:48:09

Sounds like she may have broken her back 😬... can you call the vet and ask for advice ? Or get someone to take her for you? I know the vet will come to you but obviously that may be expensive. Please don't leave her she may be in a lot of pain.

Loz90333 Thu 28-Mar-19 20:48:35

Take her to the vets OP, disc could have gone in her spine and has paralysed her. Poor thing

Mississippilessly Thu 28-Mar-19 20:49:15

It sounds like she has broken her back. Is the qhile cage barred? High enough for her to drop?

AhhhHereItGoes Thu 28-Mar-19 20:51:18

Oh no.

Sounds like some kind of back/nerve problem.

I'd phone the vets and ask their advice.

Any family/friends who could either take DHamster or watch the kids whilst you do?

Veterinari Thu 28-Mar-19 20:51:33

Please take her to the vet.
A hamster with a broken back would be just as painful as a dog or cat

Starlight456 Thu 28-Mar-19 20:54:18

Poor thing . Yes to the vets.

TeddyIsaHe Thu 28-Mar-19 20:54:38

Emergency vet tonight obviously? It’s expensive of course, but you can’t leave an innocent animal with a potentially broken back to suffer.

Shylo Thu 28-Mar-19 20:55:37

There is very little that can be done for such small furry animals but I’d call the vet and seek advice

expatinspain Thu 28-Mar-19 20:55:44

The vet is the only option.

Armadillostoes Thu 28-Mar-19 20:56:21

Hi-OP. I am sorry but it sounds as though she is potentially seriously damaged her back, possibly broken it. She could be in real pain-as other posters have pointed out, a small animal won't be suffering less than a larger one. The hamster needs a vet. Could a taxi take her to an out of hours vet?

HipHipHippoo Thu 28-Mar-19 20:57:02

No they haven't had her out this evening and she was out and fine this afternoon while they were at school. The cage is three storey with tunnels connecting levels so no high drops.

Calling vet for advice now.

londonrach Thu 28-Mar-19 20:57:15

poor hammy. Vet. Shes in pain

Wolfiefan Thu 28-Mar-19 20:58:53

Are you absolutely sure?
Regardless it needs a vet tonight.

Thisisthelaststraw Thu 28-Mar-19 21:03:42

Poor girl. Hope the vet can do something tonight sad

coffeecoffeecofffee Thu 28-Mar-19 21:05:28

That's so sad sad she'll probably have to be put to sleep unfortunately. The quicker you take her though the less pain she'll suffer.

Hamsters are pretty robust imo, mine does crazy acrobatics and daredevil falls and is still going strong.

I'd be debating a possible accident with the children.

TeddyIsaHe Thu 28-Mar-19 21:09:35

Same here coffee.

Op how old are your children? Have they any unsupervised access at all tonight? I don’t see how a hamster could potentially break its back falling from a cage if there aren’t any high drops.

speakout Thu 28-Mar-19 21:14:05

Poor thing.

AnnieOH1 Thu 28-Mar-19 21:14:56

If you need a lift and are around the Sheffield/Derbyshire/notts area let me know. Poor baby.

chaoscategorised Thu 28-Mar-19 21:16:43

If you're in Manchester and need a lift let me know. Poor ham sad

LucyAutumn Thu 28-Mar-19 21:19:49

Poor hamster, I hope you manage to get it to a vet asap sad

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NotSureThisIsWhatIWant Thu 28-Mar-19 21:33:58

Oh, poor little thing. I hope she doesn’t suffer too much. It does seem like a broken back. She might be in a lot of pain. Hope you manage to get to the vets very soon.

coffeecoffeecofffee Thu 28-Mar-19 21:39:55

@TeddyIsaHe Exactly. Doesn't take much for kids to manhandle a small hamster or throw it around potentially.

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