How do you tell if your hamsters back is broken?


  1. Swelling in or around the fractured area.
  2. Crackling or popping sound from the fractured area (due to rubbing between the broken ends of the bone)
  3. An open wound through which the broken end of the bone has pierced out (very rare)

Why is my hamster lying on its back?

Lying on their back is a way of trying to cool down. If the hamster cage is in a warm room or perhaps next to a heat source, it could be that your pet has overheated.

Why does my hamster keep dragging his back?

Other possible causes of a hamster dragging its back legs include a broken bone or severe constipation. Check to be sure your hamster is passing normal droppings. If not, that would also be cause for a vet visit. Treatment for a broken leg would be similar to that for a stroke.

What happens if a hamster has a broken leg?

If so, your hamster may have a paralysed or broken leg (or legs), which mean it needs to be taken to a vet. Scurvy – if you don’t provide enough vitamin C to your hamster, then it may develop the condition known as scurvy. In serious cases, this disease can paralyse your pet’s back legs or cause them to seize up,…

What causes a hamster to not be able to walk?

A hamster that can’t walk because its back legs don’t work is a sign of a hind limb problem. This could be caused by: inactivity, injury, old age or more. Skip to content Search for:

Why is my two year old hamster paralyzed?

You have apparently done a great job of taking care of your hamster because a two-year-old hamster is quite elderly. As hamsters get older, they become more prone to some diseases that can’t be treated. Stroke is one of those. Two of the more common causes of hind leg paralysis are lack of exercise and stroke.

How is my hamster doing in his cage?

He was doing just fine this morning, running and drinking water and eating all of his food. It is now 7:30 PM and his cage is clean. I put him back and he immediately laid down.

What does it mean when a hamster is not moving?

If your hamster is otherwise bright, well, and eating normally, then deep slow breathing is usually a sign of relaxation. The opposite is true of a very sick hamster who hasn’t been eating for days and is very weak, in which case it could indicate the hamster will shortly die.

What should I do if my hamster won’t wake up?

Make sure plenty of food and water is available for the waking hamster. Warm the hamster up, relatively rapidly. Instead of warming up your hamster slowly in a warm room, you can warm it more rapidly. Put the hamster, in its cage, in a warm place such as an airing cupboard. Depending on the temperature, the hamster may wake within 2 – 3 hours.

Why does my hamster keep going into hibernation?

These tend to be associated with harsh winters, when there are low temperatures, short day lengths, and a lack of food. Ask yourself if the hamster has more than 8 – 12 hours of daylight a day and has plenty of food. Scarcity of food teamed with low temperature and short day length could trigger hibernation.