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Hamster has a very swollen back foot, what can I do?

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Amapoleon Wed 27-May-09 18:49:06

Dd has just taken him out and is back foot is very swollen and he can't put any weight on it. It looks very lightly grazed.

bella39 Wed 27-May-09 18:59:49

Sounds infected - will need to go to the vet.

ilovesprouts Wed 27-May-09 19:01:15

may be its fallen when climbing

FabulousBakerGirl Wed 27-May-09 19:02:30

You need a vet.

Is he making any noise?

KingCanuteIAm Wed 27-May-09 19:02:37

Darn, Bella beat me to it!

A simple light graze will not cause swelling so you really need a vet to look at it.

Amapoleon Wed 27-May-09 21:19:24

Thanks, he seems to be fine other than a swollen foot.

FabulousBakerGirl Wed 27-May-09 21:23:40

Is he making any noise?

Amapoleon Wed 27-May-09 21:27:11

No he isn't making any noise, he looks completely normal until you look at his back leg. Would it swell if it was dislocated?

KingCanuteIAm Wed 27-May-09 21:29:26

Yes it would swell if it was dislocated, or infected, or broken. There are lots of possible causes, which is why you need a vet to look at it really.

Amapoleon Wed 27-May-09 21:30:35

I will take him just wondered if I could do anything overnight.

KingCanuteIAm Wed 27-May-09 21:30:57

Other possible causes are cysts, tumours, arthritis on the joints... and so on.

KingCanuteIAm Wed 27-May-09 21:32:24

It is difficult if you don't have any clues, things that will help one thing will hurt another IYSWIM. If you are going in the morning then I would leave it alone myself, just try to keep him quiet, maybe you can confim him to a small area of the cage?

Amapoleon Wed 27-May-09 21:32:28

Thanks, dd's goldfish has already died this week , so i'm hoping it's not fatal.

FabulousBakerGirl Wed 27-May-09 21:33:46

He isn't making any noise because he is injured and in the wild they stay quiet to avoid being found by predators.

You need to have him seen asap and the chances are if anything is broken he will have to be put to sleep as they are too small to have a GA.

Amapoleon Wed 27-May-09 22:00:51

Oh I see what you mean, I thought you meant was he sqeaking. I'll have to wait till later to see if he is rummaging about. Thanks.

bella39 Wed 27-May-09 22:45:08

Hammies can have GA's.

It may just be an infection and he may only need antibiotics.

Good luck & keep us posted.

Amapoleon Wed 27-May-09 23:03:34

Thanks, will do. smile

ilovesprouts Thu 28-May-09 05:32:58

hope its ok

worley Thu 28-May-09 05:41:12

what colour is the swelling? mine bumped his leg and got a big haematoma (blood blister) it was massive, drained it off and he lived quite a while longer.

Amapoleon Thu 28-May-09 08:34:27

It's skin colour.

FabulousBakerGirl Thu 28-May-09 08:40:05

I was going on what I was told when my hamster broke his leg. They said he was too small for a GA and he had to be put down.

bella39 Thu 28-May-09 08:48:26

Sorry to hear that, FBG. I don't know the full circumstances of your hammie but his leg may have been too badly broken to fix.

FabulousBakerGirl Thu 28-May-09 09:54:52

I feel so guilty as he got it stuck in a toy I bought him. He was a real charater and sweetie even though we could never hold him.

KingCanuteIAm Thu 28-May-09 14:32:04

Amapolean, did you get to the vet? Hope hammy is ok?

FBG, if you bought a nammy a hammy toy and he got injured by it the fault is with the design and/or manufacture not you. I know it is awful when a pet gets hurt though sad

FabulousBakerGirl Thu 28-May-09 16:37:27

I know you are right but I was trying to give him something nice for Christmas and it ended up killing him. sad

The shop knocked off the cost of the toy on my next purchase.

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