Before you get a pet like a hamster. Learn how to take care of it. Hamsters need to get their water from a feeding tube. If your sister didn't know how to give it water, she should have asked at the pet store where she bought the hamster. Hamsters are little animals but they deserve to be cared for properly. Unless you're prepared to do that, your sister shouldn't have a hamster.
If the hamster is not responsive then do NOT try to give it water. If you put any drops of water in his mouth and he's not willing or able to swallow, he can aspirate it into his lungs and will die within a couple of days. Without fluids, the hamster may have become dehydrated and if it's been a long time, his kidneys could be shutting down. Only a trip to the vet gives him the chance to survive this.
Any idea why your sister didn't give him water? Every living thing needs water, even weeds. I agree with evewisewoman. Until your sister is ready and willing to learn more about caring for a pet, she shouldn't get one.
I thought your post was well written. Thanks for agreeing with me. I agree
with your suggestion to moviestardude to have their family take this poor
littte hamster to a vet as soon as possible. Water is essential to all living
creatures. If the hamster is dehydrated, they better get her to the vet
asap. As you say, her kidneys could be shutting down due to dehydration,
however, I'm not a vet, but dehydration is serious stuff and the little
hamster definitely needs to be seen immediately. Eve :)
Dehydration can be deadly as you know. The problem is balancing the care of a $5 pet against the $100 or so by taking it to a vet. Sounds cynical or cruel but many people choose small pets because the cost of care is minimal. It sounds like the sister jumped into this too quickly and the little hamster may not have survived. That degree of lethargy is not promising. We can only hope this will be an opportunity for them all to learn and to have a successful outcome with their next companion pet.
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