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post #31 of 37 (permalink) Old 07-23-2007, 06:46 PM Thread Starter
 
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Oh yes! My fist impulse pet store buy was a dwarf hamster kept on pine. I only realized anything was wrong years later when I learned that one year is NOT a reasonable life span. And a year after him, I purchased a very miserble green anole which was wild caught, totally brown (indicated stress), in a highly over-crowded cage in the store, and sold to me with advice of the wrong enclosure size, temperatures to keep, substrate to live on, and generally incorrect information about it's habitat requirements and maintenance. x.x

I have the appointment this evening, and I'll let anyone wondering know how it goes.

If porphyrin can be caused by stress of mites, then I'm almost posstive this is why they have it. I've actually added another hanging hide to the panel of the second level, so now every possible pit is sealed. I have been giving them freshly squeezed fruit and veggie juices mixed with water which they love, as well as plenty fresh food for extra vitamins. Twee once had an over grown tooth issue and wasn't drinking or eating so I check them both regularly for dehydration and weight, and Ferkel seems alright now.
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post #32 of 37 (permalink) Old 07-23-2007, 11:38 PM
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What did the vet say?

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post #33 of 37 (permalink) Old 07-24-2007, 02:01 PM
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If shes not drinking try this: Mix warm milk, honey, and cinnamon together. It will give her a "jumpstart". When my hammie got dehydrated thats what we gave her to perk her up a bit.



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post #34 of 37 (permalink) Old 07-25-2007, 06:00 PM Thread Starter
 
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So after taking them to the vet, it was detirmined that they did not have respiratory or other complications. I was perscribed something that starts with an S (I don't remember) for their mites so I hope that will be taken care of rapidly.

I have also made their move into the guinea pigs cage. And Ferkel eats lab blocks and drinks from the bowl regularly. I'm most pleased with her progress.
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so glad to hear!!!

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Yay! Ratties are getting better!



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post #37 of 37 (permalink) Old 07-26-2007, 03:37 PM Thread Starter
 
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Oh, I also forgot to mention what the vet said about her back. She did some general feeling around (and made the poor baby scream) and concluded that she may either have a very minor dislocation or even fracture or just some bruising that should heal on its own providing I give her lots of calcium and protien. Also, that it's not naturally cuased with age since her same-aged sister is in much better shape. I'm not doing any further tests, they are too expensive and she's probably too old to do anything to correct it. But other than that, she is doing lovely, so she probably is healing.
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