Please tell us what we should do if our hamster's eye is swollen shut; like it has a cold in his eye?
Type of Animal: Hamster
Age: about 2 yrs old
Name of Animal: Theodore
Just giving it a bath and sponging its eye trying to keep it very clean and dry.
Welcome to JustAnswer! I am a licensed veterinarian and specialist and will do my best to assist you today!This can be consistent with an eye infection or conjunctivitis.What you can consider?- To try to warm compress the eye with a clean, damp, warm cloth. This will help with inflammation in the area.- The second option is to try to flush the eye with a sterile saline solution. I am referring to a normal, over the counter saline solution commonly found in the same aisle of the grocery story or drugstore as contact solution. (EXAMPLE HERE).- If this does not work - seeing your veterinarian for evaluation and likely topical antibiotics would be considered.This is meant to be a running dialogue, and for this reason it is very IMPORTANT that you reply using the REPLY TO EXPERT button if more information is needed at any time BEFORE rating.Positive RATING (EXCITED FACE or 5 STARS) is appreciated as this is the only way I know you have received the information and I receive credit for my time.Please remember to ONLY rate my answer when you are 100% satisfied. IF you feel the need to rate "Poor Service" or "Bad Service", please STOP and reply to me via the REPLY TO EXPERT button with the issue you have. I will be happy to continue further and do everything I can to provide you with the service you seek.With this communication - we are here to guide you in making the best decision for your pet. This is for informational purposes only. We are not allowed to diagnose and prescribe medications - rather provide a course of action to speak to your veterinarian about - and any medical therapy and treatment should only be performed after an in-person examination with your veterinarian as a professional-client relationship has not been established on the site. While information may be discussed, this is not intended as an encouragement for you to self treat your pet, rather information online, and any treatment provided should only be performed after consulting your veterinarian.
Emergency and Critical Care Specialist
Hi JayJean,I'm just following up on our conversation about Theodore. How is everything going?CriticalCareVet