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I'm so sorry to hear that Caddy is feeling so ill. I think you are right that Caddy might be her final hours. Often rodents and gerbils will appear to be completely normal until their final day then pass away quickly. If there is no change in a hour please do call your nearest vets so that the suffering isn't prolonged..
Of course its possible that medical intervention may revive Caddy so please do call your vets and ask for an emergency appointment if your feel you'd like to find out if medical treatment is appropriate.
Yes just google your nearest vet practice if you aren’t already registered at a practice.Some will shut at 6, some 7 and some are open later hopefully google will tell you.Usually a warm water bottle is indicated for gerbils that are not moving as usually they get hypothermic (low temperature) very quickly. It would be unusual for them to be too hot unless the cage was left in direct sunlight in a hot room.I do understand how distressing it is have a sick pet. Unfortunately I have to be realistic that 3.5 years is a grand old age for a gerbil and that combined with the lethargy you describe makes me think it might be her time. However I cannot make a diagnosis or prognosis over the internet and recommend a physical exam with a vet to be sure we aren’t missing something.Take care.
Just checking up on how you are doing. I Hope you are doing okay.
Hello Caddy glad you are feeling better!I’ve had many small pets myself I know how important they are. It might be a bad angle but Caddy looks a little thin? If you have digital kitchen scales you could weigh her every 3-4 days to keep an eye things.