Hamsters Eye Is Closed

Scott2848
  • #1
I have a Russian dwarf hamster that’s been keeping one eye closed every time he’s in his cage. But when I pick him up he opens it. I tried cleaning his eye with a cotton swab with warm water but he still keeps it closed every time he’s not being held.
 
Aqua 59
  • #2
How long has he been like this, and can you post some pictures, from different views and maybe a close-up?
 
Scott2848
  • Thread Starter
  • #3
I’ll try taking a picture later he’s sleeping right now and he’s been like this for like a month.
 
BReefer97
  • #4
Soak a cotton ball in warm water and hold it on his eye for a little bit. Older hamsters get this issue a lot, especially dwarfs. It’s referred to as “sticky eyes.” It could also be caused by a cold, an infection, or even allergies.
 
Scott2848
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  • #5

IMG_2744.JPG here’s a photo but it’s not that good. The photo shows his right eye that’s closed. And I tried cleaning it with a cotton ball with warm water.
 
emmysjj
  • #6
Hi, we need more info.
How old is he?
What is his cage like?
Is he tamed, and do you think you could’ve bothered it accidentally?
I would take him to the vet.
 
Gypsy13
  • #7
Taking him to a vet is a good idea. I use neosporin ointment when mine have eye issues. If that doesn’t help in a few days then off to the vet we go. It could literally be anything. Entropion, scratch, debris, infection, congenital. Anything. If you can get a better picture? Also be very careful rubbing his eye. It can make the irritation much worse. Keep us posted please?
 
Scott2848
  • Thread Starter
  • #8
Hi, we need more info.
How old is he?
What is his cage like?
Is he tamed, and do you think you could’ve bothered it accidentally?
I would take him to the vet.

I don’t know how old he is but I’ve had him for over a year. His cage is 23.6 x 14.4 x 11.8 and it’s a two story cage. I’ve never tried taming him and if you mean by bothering it as if I accidentally bothered his eye then no, I never touch his face.

I won’t be able to take him to the vet on the weekend or on Monday and Tuesday because they’re closed on the weekend and I’m working on Monday and Tuesday. I’ll take him on Wednesday or Thursday
 
emmysjj
  • #9
I don’t know how old he is but I’ve had him for over a year. His cage is 23.6 x 14.4 x 11.8 and it’s a two story cage. I’ve never tried taming him and if you mean by bothering it as if I accidentally bothered his eye then no, I never touch his face.

I won’t be able to take him to the vet on the weekend or on Monday and Tuesday because they’re closed on the weekend and I’m working on Monday and Tuesday. I’ll take him on Wednesday or Thursday
As said, I’d take him to the vet ASAP.

Also, you have a few issues with cage sizes.
 
Scott2848
  • Thread Starter
  • #10
Is his cage too small or something?
 
emmysjj
  • #11
Yeah, I’m assuming it’s the two story critter trail, I bought one for my hamster a little while back to put her in when I was cleaning her cage. She hated it, and so did I. They recently updated the minimum, I think it’s 460 inches of floor space? I highly recommend diy bin cages or the IKEA Detolf, I have it and my ham loves it
 
Scott2848
  • Thread Starter
  • #12
No I don’t have a critter trail cage. This is his cage Ferplast Hamster Cage, Black
 
emmysjj
  • #13
It’s better, but not big enough. I’d upgrade ASAP, and please take them to the vet!
 
Scott2848
  • Thread Starter
  • #14
The vet said his eyes are red and it’s probably an eye infection. They gave me eye drops for him
 
Gypsy13
  • #15
The vet said his eyes are red and it’s probably an eye infection. They gave me eye drops for him

Thank you for the update! Very much appreciated. Give the little guy hugs!
 
emmysjj
  • #16
Thanks for the update! Keep us posted
 

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