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Our hamster seems to have gone into hibernation, won't wake

Customer Question

Our hamster seems to have gone into hibernation, won't wake up. She is making regular gasping noises but has her eyes closed and a totally limp body.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The Veterinarian will know how to help the hamster. What is the hamster's name and age?
Customer: Her name is ***** ***** she's about 1.5 years old
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Samoa?
Customer: She has been through a lot over the past 6 weeks. We changed foods and she got obese (put on tons of weight over about 2 weeks). She went on a restricted diet and lots of exercise and seemed to be back to her normal self this week.
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 4 months ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today. I do apologize that your question was not answered before. Different experts come online at various times; I just came online, read about your wee one’s situation, and wanted to help.

Again I do apologize that my colleagues could not aid you sooner, but can you tell me:

How long has she been like this?

What temperature is being kept at?

How is her appetite since the diet change? What are you feeding now?

Any changes to her activity, thirst, or signs of injury?

Does her breathing sound wheezy or congested?