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Jan 17th, 2008 at 8:48pm
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Our 1 1/2 year old hamster has lost a TON of weight in the last week - and tonight we noticed that his paws/nails are turning blackish and he is chewing at them and falls down and although he wants to eat - he can't hold the food.  He is still drinking too. He was FINE a few days ago.  it is the 2 front paws, looks like his poop is on them and in the nails and he is falling when trying to walk on them - won't let us pick him up.  Taking him to the vet tomorrow - but don't want him to suffer tonight....PLEASE let us know if anyone else has seen this in their hamster and if his nails/paws are like this because he is dying? that would explain the weight loss - but he still seems alert and eyes are bright.
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Reply #1 - Mar 3rd, 2008 at 5:33pm
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This sounds alot like old age to me. My brothers hamster was like that when he was old. Just keep the little critter warm, and cover his cage to reduce stress when you take him to the vets. Sorry I can't help more.
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Reply #2 - Sep 14th, 2008 at 11:17am
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Oh my. Sorry to hear that. Well it's good your taking him to the vet. Hamsters only live a couple years. I hope he gets better. Jest keep a close watch on him. Maybe have him sleep next to you. It's just one more night. Stay strong. You'll make it though.
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