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Old 07-07-2008, 07:15 PM   #11
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I didn't think vets could do anything with hamsters?? OK, I will look around then and see if I can find one that deals with small animals. Maybe I can call them and seek advice on what to do as well.
For now she is in her travel cage which is darker and homier than her full cage. She appears to be just laying there but still breathing. We thought she would be more comfortable there and easier to keep an eye on her.
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Old 07-07-2008, 08:26 PM   #12
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Something else to consider - we got a hamster for my boy some years ago and it died in 2 days. Not good. So we got the second one and it died in 2 days. Again, not good.

Then we went to another pet store and they told us that VERY often, hamsters don't live longer than a week after folks buy them, due to poor breeding and handling BEFORE they are purchased! So, we finally got hamster 3 at that place and she lasted 2-1/2 years.

When she finally went, our vet (who does wonders on animals of all sizes) told us the same thing the pet store had, about some hammies not lasting long.
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Old 07-07-2008, 08:31 PM   #13
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I wondered why the store filled out this 'guarantee' paper saying if the hamster died in 15 days for any reason I get a new one free... your experiences would explain that.
I think I am past the 15 days, but I have to find the paperwork to make sure. Right now I am hoping she pulls thru...
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Old 07-07-2008, 08:50 PM   #14
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I wondered why the store filled out this 'guarantee' paper saying if the hamster died in 15 days for any reason I get a new one free... your experiences would explain that.
I think I am past the 15 days, but I have to find the paperwork to make sure. Right now I am hoping she pulls thru...

Whoops, time for another interjection

Many pets are sold with a guarantee. I do not know the motives of your particular pet store, but speaking from knowing a little about dog and cat breeders, a reputable breeder would not sell a pet without a similar guarantee, usually it's one year for cats and dogs. They feel that strongly about their breeding practices and the health screening they have done of the breeding pair before producing a litter.
Since hamsters only live a couple of years, I think a 15 day guarantee would be acceptable, not that it eases anything .
No guarantee would be more an admission of something "going on" or them only being in it for the money. IMO.
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Old 07-07-2008, 08:57 PM   #15
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Whoops, time for another interjection

Many pets are sold with a guarantee. I do not know the motives of your particular pet store, but speaking from knowing a little about dog and cat breeders, a reputable breeder would not sell a pet without a similar guarantee, usually it's one year for cats and dogs. They feel that strongly about their breeding practices and the health screening they have done of the breeding pair before producing a litter.
Since hamsters only live a couple of years, I think a 15 day guarantee would be acceptable, not that it eases anything .
No guarantee would be more an admission of something "going on" or them only being in it for the money. IMO.
I did not know that, it is the first time I have bought a pet from the store. Our dogs came directly from private individual breeders (actually in Iowa) so we have AKC papers on them and their histories etc but no guarantee.
Except Princess, she was given to us from someone else so no idea where she came from or anything.
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I'm not advocating getting a pet from the store, though for hamsters, what choices do you have, just that a guarantee is not so unusual or a sign that something is "bound" to happen.

Good luck with the little guy.
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Old 07-07-2008, 10:23 PM   #17
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I understand, thanks for the info. So far she appears to be sleeping, still breathing, occasionally rolling over, twitching some, then rolling back over and lying still.
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I agree that the swimming incident may have been instrumental in the hamster's convulsions.

I just did a search (hamster convulsions) and found a few things. One article, Your Little Troublemaker - Hartz.com, talked about various small pets and mentioned, not hamsters but gerbils, and said that gerbils often go into what looks like a seizure and convulsions if they are upset or mishandled, but it gave the impression that this didn't last very long. Here is a really stupid question, but what did the hamster eat? Just its hamster food, or could it have gotten into something really fatty. I'm sure there is nothing to that, but here is an article I read about hamsters going into convulsions if eating butterfat, Production of Convulsions in Hamsters by High Butterfat Intake. Another article discusses hamsters chewing batteries, etc., Heavy Metals. I couldn't believe how many articles there are discussing hamster convulsions.

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Old 07-08-2008, 02:45 AM   #19
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As far as I know, just its hamster food. I will double check with the kids in the morning and make sure they didn't try and feed it something else. Hopefully it is over the swimming incident and she will recover from it.
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fingers crossed for your little fuzzy friend!
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