How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask CheriS Your Own Question

CheriS
CheriS, Herpetologist
Category: Pet
Satisfied Customers: 49
Experience:  30 years exp captive reptile husbandry & other exotics
Type Your Pet Question Here...
CheriS is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

Is my hamster in a coma

Resolved Question:

I found my hamster earlyier this morning half in his bed laying still, I first thought he'd died but when I looked closely he was still breathing, he's still not moveing at all except his lungs breathing in and out.
occationally he moves his mouth and feet in a strange manor but lies still as if he'd past on, his body is limp as if he were deceased.
I think he may have had a stroke or heart attack and he's in a coma state. Please help me of what to do and how the best to do it would be?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Pet
Expert:  CheriS replied 7 years ago.
Customer/p>

Thank you for asking about you hamster on Just Answer. FIrst, I am sorry that you have found him this way and I can tell from your writing that you are very worried about him.

If he is over 2 years old, although that is not elderly for a hamster, it is getting in the range of their normal lifespan and what you are seeing does sound like a stroke. If you are seeing him moving his legs at times in what looks like a bicycle peddling movement, he probably has had a stroke and there is not a lot you can do for him right now, but offer him water or some diluted pedialyte.

He is not in pain, in fact he may barely be conscious of what is going on around him. Some rodents can recover from strokes and be able to feed and drink still, you will usually know if he can within 72 hours. If not, you need to consider humanly putting him down, that is the last act of compassion you do for your pet.

Stroke is not the only thing that might be causing this, there are virus and bacteria infections that also can, but again, those if they are affecting him neurologically do not have a good recovery prognosis. Only a vet cold check your hamster and might be able to tell you for sure what is going on with him, be able to help him or/and also put him down with medications so he does not suffer.

Again, I am sorry and I wish I had a better outlook for you, but I think you also realize that this is very major to him and only within the next few days can you tell if he has any chance of recovery. Also, if you have any doubts about what is going on with him, or his chance to recover, you should seek a vets exam of him and advice. Most hamsters or mice that do have strokes, do not survive but a few days unless they can recover some from them. Keep him warm and hydrated to avoid shock to him right now. Best to you and your little pet, please let me know if you have any other questions or needs regarding this.

CheriS, Herpetologist
Category: Pet
Satisfied Customers: 49
Experience: 30 years exp captive reptile husbandry & other exotics
CheriS and 4 other Pet Specialists are ready to help you

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • I must tell you I found this site by accident and was amazed when I asked a question of the Veteranians online. I wish I could have found it sooner it could have made such a difference in the outcome of my pet's surgery. However, I am passing along the information to my sister-in-law (a cat-rescue person who is also a nurse), and perhaps it will help someone else who may experience the same problem. The doctor who answered my question was amazing, and while it didn't come it time to change the outcome of my situation, it is reassuring to know the caliber of Vets/Doctors that you have at JustAnswer. Thank you for being there. Alice H. Jacksonville, Fl.
< Last | Next >
  • I must tell you I found this site by accident and was amazed when I asked a question of the Veteranians online. I wish I could have found it sooner it could have made such a difference in the outcome of my pet's surgery. However, I am passing along the information to my sister-in-law (a cat-rescue person who is also a nurse), and perhaps it will help someone else who may experience the same problem. The doctor who answered my question was amazing, and while it didn't come it time to change the outcome of my situation, it is reassuring to know the caliber of Vets/Doctors that you have at JustAnswer. Thank you for being there. Alice H. Jacksonville, Fl.
  • You are a light at the end of scary tunnel when $ are tight, but people need professional help to turn to for help with their dear pets! Linh Charleston, WV
  • $1,000 spent at his vet, and I finally get the correct diagnosis from Nancy Holmes for $15 Carol Cedar Hill, MO
  • I think this is the greatest web site in the world. Thanks to all! Judy New Haven, CT
  • I have referred several friends to your web site. I'm impressed with how easy it is to use your site, the Experts available and the quickness of answers. Nina USA
  • I am completely pleased with the quick response that I received in our time of need for our dog, Jasmine. I couldn't believe how quick the response was and I thank you. It's good to know you're there!! Jasmine's Mom USA
  • Please let everyone involved with your site know that your Expert, Dr. Lucy, has saved my dog's life. I will recommend your site to all my pet loving friends. Thank you again for simply being there! Sonya G Easley, SC
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Dr. Andy

    Medical Director

    Satisfied Customers:

    522
    2003 Graduate
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/VE/vetforyou/2012-6-20_33122_PearlPhoto.64x64.jpg Dr. Andy's Avatar

    Dr. Andy

    Medical Director

    Satisfied Customers:

    522
    2003 Graduate
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/JA/Jav917/2012-2-20_54059_201221802254JoananddavidArchuleta3.64x64.jpg Joan's Avatar

    Joan

    Vet Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    2337
    Vet Tech for 30+yrs. Small Animals and Fish
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/RY/rydergar/2012-6-6_192240_IMG0328.64x64.JPG Dr. Gary's Avatar

    Dr. Gary

    Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    273
    DVM, Emergency Veterinarian; BS (Physiology) Michigan State Univ
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/1I/1ISUDVM/2011-3-1_22028_Honeymoon2005075294928803490646858.64x64.jpg Dr. Bruce's Avatar

    Dr. Bruce

    Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    157
    12 years of experience in emergency, surgery and medicine
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/MS/MsAM/2012-6-9_16426_anna.64x64.jpeg Anna's Avatar

    Anna

    Pet Expert/Biologist

    Satisfied Customers:

    2916
    40 yrs.: herps, pocket pets, rabbits, poultry, dogs, horses. Biology degree. Vet assistant.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/BA/babybloo/2011-3-10_62613_DavidandI.64x64.jpg Theresa's Avatar

    Theresa

    Voice for your pet

    Satisfied Customers:

    1132
    Veterinary Technician for 15 years
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/JA/jadedangel57/2011-11-8_193134_janenewsm.64x64.jpg Jane Lefler's Avatar

    Jane Lefler

    Behaviorist, Breeder, See Qual.

    Satisfied Customers:

    884
    15 years Breeding Experience, Former vol. Vet Assistant, Dog Behaviorist