Hey everyone - I'm new and just wanted general feedback on my poor Campbell's dwarf hamster
Here is some information about her:
I've had her since July (she was so tiny when I got her from Petco (tsk tsk). I wasn't going to buy her from there, but she was getting beat up by the bigger dwarf hamsters
and had a tiny scratch on her nose. That healed up fine after a couple of days. She's such a sweetheart too, so I can't say I regret getting her.
Yesterday I went to check on her and found her asleep. I usually don't wake her when she naps, but her left eye looked strange, oddly irritated and red. She wouldn't open it at all! I was scared, so I looked up hamster illnesses on this site
and have been following the instructions for "Irritated eye". I also cleaned her cage again just to be sure. I don't know what could have caused it though. Strangers rarely hold her, and I always make sure my hands are washed before I hold her. She may have scratched herself.
She acts normal, into everything, and I haven't noticed any irregularities in her nightly activity at all. The warm water helped a little bit, and at first I used regular eye drops (Cleareyes for Redness) because that was all I had on hand. It would work a little bit for awhile, but eventually she'd nap or something and the eye would close back up. Today it's looking better, though this morning it took awhile for her to open it even a little bit. I went out and bought a store-brand saline solution, which seems to have gotten rid of the redness. Her eye is still a bit more closed than the other, but it is looking much better, and generally open. She's still active as anything.
Sorry for the long post, I was curious if anyone else had this problem before and if they solved it in another way. I'm going to give her another drop of the saline solution when she wakes up for the evening.