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I understand that her condition is making you worry. Can you tell me more about what happened?When did this begin? When did she stop eating well?
The reason that she is acting weak is because she has not eaten. The question then becomes why has she not eaten.To help her right now, you can give 1 drop of honey or regular pancake syrup to her by mouth. She does not need to swallow for this to help her. While you work on that, I will type some additional instructions.
We need to determine the cause of her originally not eating. This might be due to stress or injury or even illness. My suggestion to you is to find a vet in your area that can see her. I can help you get her blood glucose back up and keep her responsive, but this will not be a long-term solution if she does not go back to eating and drinking well. Additionally, the strong urine smell may indicate organ damage. You need to act promptly to best help her. If you need help finding a vet, please post your city, state and zipcode. I'll get to work on finding one in your area.The next thing I recommend doing is going to a store that carries pureed human baby food and finding one in a flavor she can have. Apple, peach and banana usually work well. From here, you will place her on your lap on a cloth towel or wash cloth, tilt her head up and feed her drop by drop (from syringe or eye dropper) the baby food. Aim to get at least 10 drops into every 2-4 hours.
The syrup you just gave should help to bring her glucose up over the next 5-10 minutes. You can repeat this again in 15-30 minutes if she is still weak.
For right now you can, but you need baby food in the hours to come. Standby for vets in your area that see hamsters:
The vets are listed above. Are you seeing them?
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How is she acting currently? Any improvement?
In that case, yes. And I will be on all day to offer you support if you need it.
Going 2-3 days without food and decreased water intake can be fatal. There is a risk of her dying. Have you been able to reach out to any of the hospitals I recommended?
Could be due to discomfort, she could have a respiratory issue and that's what started her not eating, she could be going through respiratory failure prior to passing away, etc. As a hamster, she does naturally have a high respiratory rate, too, so that is going to look faster than normal anyhow but perhaps more labored now that she isn't feeling well.How is her activity level? Any change since the syrup?
Keep me posted if you need more help.
Don't force anything at this point. She may aspirate.
That could be, and also could be the apple sauce.
It could be kidney related but since she is also thin the increased volume in her stomach could be obvious with an increase in size.
I would hold off for a few hours and see how she does.
Keep me posted.
Checking in. How is Cloe doing today?
I would recommend a vet visit. The breathing and shaking makes me worry she may have an underlying respiratory condition that might be at fault.
These three hospitals I posted yesterday all see hamsters.
Oh, no. I am so sorry.