He’s limp with his eyes closed but he’s breathing shallow. Dwarf hamster. He has never done this before and he all of a

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Customer: He’s limp with his eyes closed but he’s breathing shallow
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What type of animal are we talking about?
Customer: dwarf hamster
JA: Does this strange breathing happen all the time or only sometimes? Does the hamster have a cough as well?
Customer: he has never done this before and he all of a sudden stopped moving
JA: And what's the hamster's name and age?
Customer: bean is his name and I’ve had him for about a year
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: he was running and acting normal last night and this morning, he doesn’t have wet tail either
Answered by Dr Adrien in 1 hour 1 month ago
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Hello and welcome to JustAnswer! My name is***** (she/her) and I’m a licensed veterinarian with experience in treating a wide variety of animal species, including small mammals

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I am so sorry to hear that! That is very concerning!

Is he still breathing?

I have not yet received a response from you here - do you still need assistance with your question?

I see you have not had a chance to get back to me with the information I previously requested. Given the limited information you have provided, I believe this information may help to answer your question about your hamster

If your hamster is limp, with closed eyes and shallow breathing, it is an emergency situation, and you should seek immediate veterinary care for your hamster. If you need assistance to locate an in person vet with experience treating small mammals, this attachment may be helpful

Here are some steps you can take to help your hamster while you seek veterinary care:

  • Place your hamster in a warm, quiet place, away from any drafts or cold air. You can wrap your hamster in a warm towel or blanket to help keep them warm.
  • Offer some water using a syringe or dropper. It's important to make sure that your hamster is hydrated, especially if they are showing signs of illness.
  • Contact a veterinarian who specializes in small animals, such as hamsters, and make an emergency appointment. Be sure to inform the veterinarian of your hamster's symptoms so they can provide appropriate treatment.
  • Keep a close eye on your hamster's behavior and symptoms, and take note of any changes. This information can be helpful for the veterinarian in diagnosing and treating your hamster.

If this isn’t what you were looking for, please respond and we can continue to discuss your situation until we find the right answer!

It has been my pleasure to help you today, and I hope I have provided the information you were seeking. If any part of my response is unclear, please let me know! It’s my goal to deliver excellent service, so please let me know if there is anything else I can do.

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