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She is laying on her side, cool to the touch with her eyes open and mouth open. I see shallow breathing

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. What sort of animal are we talking about?

Hamster

Veterinarian's Assistant: OK. Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The Expert will know how to help the hamster. What is the hamster's name and age?

Cutie and 3 month old girl.

Veterinarian's Assistant: What is the hamster's name?

Curie Cutie

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the hamster?

Lethargic....hasn't eaten today or come out of house

Submitted: 11 months ago.Category: Veterinary
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Veterinarian: Anna, Pet Expert/Biologist replied 11 months ago
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Hello and welcome. My name is ***** ***** I'm a biologist with over 40 years of experience keeping small animals. I'm sorry to hear that Cutie is not well.

I just looked at the picture, and I feel terrible to give you bad news, but I believe you deserve honesty. It looks like she is near death. If she is still breathing now, there are two things you can try. She is probably hypoglycemic and dehydrated. Smear a little honey, maple syrup, or pancake syrup in her mouth. Use a syringe to give her a couple drops of water. If you have Pedialyte, that would be better yet. Put the syringe in the side of her mouth, not straight down her throat. Try this and let me know if she responds in any way.

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
Unfortunately, by the time you responded she had died.
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