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My Syrian hamster has bulging eyes very unsteady on her legs

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My Syrian hamster has bulging eyes very unsteady on her legs lost of appetite.
JA: I'll do all I can to help. When did you first notice this decrease in the hamster's appetite? How is her energy level?
Customer: Couple of days ago if I take her out her cage she wants to walk. But she is cuddled up in her bed
JA: Does the hamster seem to be in any pain?
Customer: I don't know I've been bathing her eyes because she can't close them and giving her water with sugar and salt in to keep her hydrated
JA: And what's the hamster's name and age?
Customer: Bonnie she will be 2 this October
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know?
Customer: She has a wet belly but I don't think it wet tail
Submitted: 20 days ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 20 days ago.

Hello, you are through to Dr Linda, a UK based vet.

I'm sorry to hear Bonnie is unwell and am concerned from what you have said.

Bulging eyes can be due to an abscess (infection) or tumour behind the eyes.

Her lethargy and unsteadiness on her feet could be due to dehydration but could also indicate a neurological issue, which could be caused by an infection or tumour.

I would want her seen by a vet right away.

She may benefit from medicine such as anti inflammatories and antibiotics.

At home, encourage her to eat with tasty food and you can also syringe mashed pellets or pureed baby food.

Customer: replied 20 days ago.
Bonnie has now sadly passed away, thank you for your help
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 20 days ago.

I'm so very sorry to hear this.

Sadly, hamster can go downhill quickly and are not very 'good' at being ill. Their bodies just don't cope with stress.

I hope you are doing ok at this very difficult time.