runny eyes/nose, wet tail????
I was just given a couple of hamsters a few days ago. Both seemed older. One was quite energetic, but the other seemed lethargic. When I checked on them this evening the lethargic one had gotten very sick.
runny, stopped up nose
watery, matted eyes
difficulty breathing (because of the stopped up nose, I think)
They both have had a stressful two weeks, their original owner (who had rescued them from a trash can some time ago) had to give them away, but the kids he gave them to couldn't keep them (their parents said no after the first couple days). I took them after that, but they have moved twice in the last two weeks. Could the stress have brought this on?
It's killing me to sit here and listen to her wheeze for air--is there ANYTHING I can do for her? Even if it's just to make her a bit more comfortable... I wish I knew more about hamsters, but I haven't had one since I was a little girl. :-(
As for the other hamster, I've put her in a fresh cage with clean bedding. Just in case this is catching. I'll watch her closely over the next few days.