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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-18-2009, 10:17 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Odd motor skills

I have a young female hamster. She is a medium haired piebald, that I bred. This is the only girl that I have ever noticed, that cant climb. She has formed tiny raw skin one, to the point it bled, on the sides of her feet. I noticed she doesn't have the grooming standards of any hamster I have ever had, or bred. She has yet to come into season, while all the other sisters have. I was thinking a late bloomer, but.... these other things have me concerned.

Her rear seems to stay dirty with feces (not wet tail) and urine stains, now to the point that I have to bath her weekly.

I am wondering if maybe she is a bit retarded or runty as it seems she lacks grooming and the ability to walk on the pads of her rear feet. I have never seen her clean and groom herself, and I was thinking of taping her ankles to straighten her feet....

Any Ideas or Comments would be great.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-18-2009, 11:33 PM
 
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oh wow...i dont even know what to say to this. I dont know much about Syrians...but I suggest a vet right away.
This sounds like an over all failure to thrive and the result may have been from brain damage in development/birth canal or a genetic factor. Please avoid breeding the lines that made her and her all together...I really think if its genetic it could repeat!
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-19-2009, 08:00 AM
 
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I agree with Bokuza. Also, if she has raw feet, she could be suffering with a condition called bumblefoot.
It's best to see a vet asap.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-20-2009, 04:00 PM Thread Starter
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well, she is the only one out of 24 pups. So I am guessing it is a fluke. and out of the 24, she always killed off all but 6 from the first litter, and 5 from the second litter. it very well could be something, but from her first litter, she had a girl that was a medium haired piebald... and she is the most healthy from that litter, now weighing 6 ounces, 1 ounce more than her mom, and the same as her dad. everything else seems fine with the girl. she still climbs and walks around, I added a lot more bedding to help reduce raw feet. she eats and drinks normally. She even uses the wheel.

If she gets worse, I will take her to a vet. but right now, her health isnt in danger, so I will delay the visit, at least until I have money from my new job.

Thanks for your input

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-20-2009, 04:07 PM Thread Starter
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I just researched a few things... it is not bumble foot. in fact, she is just a little retarded. They way some retarded humans walk... same thing. I think the rubbing on the old wheel made a small little scab... kinda like carpet burn... So I changed her wheel to a solid plastic, instead of a wire mesh, so her feet can just slid off the wheel and not get caught up if an accident occurs.

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Why is this thread called odd motor skills? Sorry, im having kind of a blonde day
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motor skills, ability to task the body and its response to those task

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