The neglectful young owner I got these critters from is someone I have been dealing with for awhile. Even though I am a rat rescuer, I cannot let these tiny little creatures suffer and not take them in.
The first time was a kijiji ad for a hamster that had been dumped on her by a friend but it was sick, and didn't move much, and she wasn't able to take care of it. I went 1.5 hours out of my way after work that day and picked up Simon, the little disabled, sickly dwarf, and a sick mouse she had (she was breeding them :/). Simon was a real mess, but since I had never had hamsters before I was unsure of what to do for him. His eyes were crusted shut, he was tiny, skinny, his hind legs were messed up. I did give him rehydration formula from a syringe, and I also fed him Emeraid diet (a special diet I got from my vet for one of my rescue rats). With some fluids on board, the little hamster livened up. He was unable to walk more than a step before falling down, but it never seemed to get him down, such a brave wonderful little boy. I took him and the sick mouse girl Maggie to the vet in the morning after giving them a headsup that I was bringing them in and had no clue what we would be dealing with.
Maggie mouse seemed to have a head tilt or a twisted neck, mucky eyes, and a hump in her upper spine. I was told the girl had come home during the summer and "found her messed up"
She was an amazing little girl, loved people and you could tell she was thrilled with her first wheel, her cage she could climb and hammocks LOL
I took them in to the vet and during the day while anxiously waiting to hear how these poor babies did, I got calls one after the other from the 2 vet techs, Michelle wanted to adopt Maggie, and Amy wanted to adopt Simon. So they went home to their new owners who took care of their many medical issues. Simon unfortunately only lived a few more months and Maggie also passed about 1.5 weeks ago but they were LOVED when they were here .
3 weeks later I get another email from this girl asking if I could take in a mouse boy who was scratching his ear off and in bad shape. So off I went down there again (3 hour round trip) to a bad part of town. This time I picked up Brutus, and Dashi...she didn't want to give up Dashi, but Dashi had a bad URI and was going to die. The girl could barely afford to buy bedding and cheap food, much less afford a vet.
They both got dosed with metacam, Dashi started antibiotics, and Brutus got metacam for pain.
Brutus had mites so badly that he HAD scratched off a good chunk of his ear, and part was dried and dead. Brutus went to the vet that morning, and Michelle called asking to adopt him. She would keep him at the clinic, have him neutered and introduce him back to his daughter Maggie. Brutus's ear was debrided and everything went to plan and he was also renamed Loki.
Brutus didn't care about any pain, he had his first wheel and wanted to RUN
Dashi...she was the mother to all 3 litters in a short time. Dashi was incredibly special to me. She was amazing, she was sweet, gentle, loved me and hands, and would cheek tip for me. *heart* When she developed a large abdominal tumour after we beat her URI and passed I was devastated.
I call this smooshy mouse
and a short vid of her cheek tip
Cont'd in next post....