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Eye closed over. Help!

Discussion in 'Rodents' started by LaurenJ11, Aug 20, 2019.


  1. LaurenJ11

    LaurenJ11 PetForums Newbie

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    EC4F7DB8-BECB-4F47-9F06-E2E9D6CB7572.jpeg Hi. Sometimes my hamster wakes up with both or just one eye closed over. It lasts around 5 mins before they open again but I’m just not sure what it could be. Could it be the temperature of the room or type of bedding he uses? I try to wipe it down with warm water on a cotton pad but he’s not the most social hamster, he gets really scared and makes squeaking noises. I don’t want to stress him out. Please help :)
     
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    Is there any gunk around the eye? Or is the eye clean?

    If there is gunk would be worth seeing the vet as he might need antibiotics or something.
     
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    Nope there is no gunk or dirt. His eyes are so clean which is why I’m confused. He’s so healthy. Maybe it’s just sleep?
     
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    Just been googling for you and one reason for the eye staying closed but no crust/gunk could be he has a foreign object in his eye.
     
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    Ah Thankyou! I may have to take him the vets then as he won’t let me by his eyes. He’s too nervous :/
     
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    Hope it goes well. Please update after the vets.
     
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    Hiya,
    I had this problem with my Syrian. He couldn’t open one of his eyes for a few minutes after he had woken up. When I questioned the pet shop, they said that it was due to dust, this could be dust in his food, bedding etc. What bedding are you using? I was using shredded paper, he had wool to nest in, and food that he was eating was dusty, however however when I removed these and changed his food, he was completely fine! What bedding are you using? If it happens, use a damp cotton bud (only a little water) and gently wipe it away. I am not expert, but this is what the pet shop suggested for me. Hope this helps!x
     
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