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Old 03-10-2008, 14:29
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and sleep a bit, he also doesnt use his wheel as much. he is only 6 months old. is this normal?
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Old 03-10-2008, 14:30
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Have you recently put your heating on?
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Old 03-10-2008, 14:31
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No. Ours started doing that and we took him to the PDSA vet and she said he had a urine infection and gave us an antibiotic.
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Old 03-10-2008, 14:33
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can hamsters be diabetic?
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Old 03-10-2008, 14:33
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Get him checked out. Could be diabetic,which is quite common.
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Old 03-10-2008, 14:37
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Have you recently put your heating on?
yes i have
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Old 03-10-2008, 15:15
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Have you recently put your heating on?
I dont think that should make a difference tbh...they are desert animals afterall
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Old 03-10-2008, 17:35
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It does make a difference, they can go into hibernation if there is a sudden change in heat. Best just to take him to the vet incase.
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Old 03-10-2008, 18:16
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It does make a difference, they can go into hibernation if there is a sudden change in heat. Best just to take him to the vet incase.
Only if it dramatically drops in temperature,not the other way round
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Old 03-10-2008, 18:17
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Take him to the vet, it could be either diabetes or a kidney infection.
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Old 03-10-2008, 18:18
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Take him to the vet, it could be either diabetes or a kidney infection.
how much will that cost?
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Old 03-10-2008, 18:23
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how much will that cost?
Sorry but when you decided to get a pet you also decided that you would look after them if they got sick. Cost shouldnt be an issue. If you are struggling financially then the PDSA can help, but sadly its all part of being a responsible owner of a pet.

I struggle financially but if one of my pets was ill I would just go without something for myself that week instead.
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Old 03-10-2008, 19:09
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Sorry but when you decided to get a pet you also decided that you would look after them if they got sick. Cost shouldnt be an issue. If you are struggling financially then the PDSA can help, but sadly its all part of being a responsible owner of a pet.

I struggle financially but if one of my pets was ill I would just go without something for myself that week instead.
I'd remortgage my house without a second thought if one of my cats got really sick
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Old 03-10-2008, 19:17
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how much will that cost?

A lot.
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Old 03-10-2008, 19:27
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A check up for my gerbil when he had a tumor on his belly was about 20. Then it cost me 120 more to have him operated on.

It would have cost another 25 (as opposed to the 120) to have him put down and I was also warned he might die on the table but I didn't care. He lived another 6 months and it was worth every penny!!
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Old 03-10-2008, 20:01
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how much will that cost?
Considerably less than an xbox bring the gerbil to the vet and take your kids in while the vet examines the gerbil, they will learn a lot and most kids love doing stuff like this.
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Old 04-10-2008, 13:04
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When did this hamster morph into a gerbil?

Increased drinking can be a sign for a lot of things (thankfully it's a he not a she as that's one less serious problem) and definitely take him to the vet if you are seeing other symptoms alongside this. It costs about 20 for me to take my hamster to the vet but you can always ring in and ask before making an appointment.

Make sure you observe him quite a lot before you take him, so you can give the vet as much help as possible, that way you are less likely to waste money in the long run trying to work out what is wrong / if there is something wrong.

My hamster doesn't use her wheel as much anymore - she's 4 and a half months old. So it may be another symptom or a coincidence, as from my experience younger hamsters tend to use their wheel a lot more to start with.

As for diabetes, have you noticed any weight loss as that can be another symptom? Also have you moved the cage recently or anything that may have caused stress? The test for diabetes is really simple.
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