Please help, sick hamster
Unfortunately it's Sunday and I wont be able to get to a vet until tomorrow. This is my daughter's pet and I would like to be able to help him.
Max is a Russian Dwarf and is probably just under 2 years old. So, he is an older fellow. I've noticed in the last few weeks he seems to be acting older, but still taking treats ect. We have had a big cold snap for our area, and I think the hamster may not have been warm enough as this morning he is definitely not himself. We use the paper style bedding and he has a nice burrow, half his cage is covered with a towel. Water and food is changed or refilled regularly. This morning his eyes seem quite "squinty" and I did see a bit of "trash" on one of them. Possibly drainage? but it was dry. He did take treats, but did not really eat them, just tasted. Not his typical self. I believe it could be upper respiratory due to the cold weather. We have since cleaned and added more bedding and put half his cage on a heating pad for additional warmth.
I will be taking the hamster to the vet tomorrow morning, but I'm concerned that tomorrow wont be soon enough. I do not have any liquid baytril, but I do have tablets. They were prescribed to the dog, but they are relatively new. It is a big dose at 68 mg. I'd like to be able to take a very small piece and give it to the hamster and get him started on something right away. What I don't know is what is the dosage for a hamster? I'm not asking for medical advise, perse, but I do not feel we will have a fighting chance if I do nothing for him at this point. I do realize that technically he is an older guy, but he's been a very good pet and is quite the character. I think I should at least try something.
Thank you all so much for any advise or help you can offer!