Baru is in bad condition

Sunday, January 22, 2006 - Posted by Javi Lavandeira
Baru sleeping after killing his fleas
In this blog we have been reading about the happy moments in Baru's life (and those of the other members of his family). We have had our share of bad moments too: Julita, Poteto and Sora going to the Hamster Heaven, and that time when Flan bit Baru and Doctor Ozawa saved him.

Today is another one of those days.

Two weeks ago I left Baru and his family with Mama because I had to go back to Spain for a few days because of my university exams. I came back to Japan and met them again today. Flan, Nana and Coco were very well and happy. But Baru wasn't. He was on his nest, sleeping, and barely moved when I stroked his fur. He was very weak. I took him and noticed that his eyes were closed, covered by a yellowish crust. This had happened on occasion before, and I did the same thing I did on the other occasions: carefully clean his eyes with warm water and some soft tissue paper. When he could open his eyes again I checked his fur, and there I noticed a flea. And another. And then another one. And finally I saw a big group of them around one of his scent glands. Carefully I removed as many as I could with my fingers and then put him again in his cage. I cleaned my hands and checked Flan, Nana and Coco to see whether they were infested too or not. Fortunately, they weren't.

We called Doctor Ozawa and took him to the doctor's office a few minutes later. Dr. Ozawa confirmed that it was a flea infestation, and that Baru was very weakened because of the blood loss and the stress of being stung by the parasites without being able to do anything about it. The doctor gave him a shot of something he told us would kill the fleas on his body and keep him protected for a month. Then he sprayed something on his fur in order to kill the fleas there and with his fingers he spread it under Baru's neck, behind his ears, on his back, and on his joints. He told us that the shot would weaken Baru because it is probably too strong for him (being intended for dogs).

Back at home, I have seen Baru walk a bit on his cage and eat a few sunflower seeds. He's now sleeping on his nest, but he looks very, very weak. I covered him in tissue paper to make sure that he's not cold. I also put a warm patch under the corner he's sleeping in, and I'm keeping the room warm tonight.

I don't know what's going to happen, but I have never seen any of my hamsters in such a bad condition. I'm not optimistic, but tomorrow we'll see if he looks better.

Be strong, Baru.


Hamster luver on Sunday, January 22, 2006:

Baru, I hope you feel better soon.

Ida on Sunday, January 22, 2006:

Good luck Baru-chan! FIGHT~

Ginger on Sunday, January 22, 2006:

Please hold tight Baru, your the life of this site! We all need you to live! Papa says that if you die, we will mourn for weeks. I love you Baruchito!

Trish and Christopher on Sunday, January 22, 2006:

I am so sorry to hear about this, Pappa-san. Baru has been such a great friend to you, and your to him. These little ones touch our lives in the most basic and important way...

Xina Nicosia on Sunday, January 22, 2006:

Love and health to you, Baru! Please feel better soon!

golfwidow on Sunday, January 22, 2006:

Feel better, Baruchito ...

Jessica Extreme on Sunday, January 22, 2006:

Nooo! I knew somthing bad was going to happen.i feel like crying now.baru,don't scare have to stay as soon as possible! then again,god might want you tonight.(god,please let baru stay)love you baru,good night wuv,jessica legara.

Jessica Extreme on Sunday, January 22, 2006:

i just noticed each day in your blogs,you are getting weaker.on your first blog,you looked so lively,poor thing.

kate elizabeth on Sunday, January 22, 2006:

ohhhh i am so sad to hear this!!!! i am thinking of you little guy ♥

nwc on Sunday, January 22, 2006:

Sending good thoughts from your fans in New York. Reading about Baru is always a bright spot in our day. Get well soon.

Harry on Sunday, January 22, 2006:

Get well soon, Baru!

kaori from fukui prefecture in japan on Sunday, January 22, 2006:

hi, baru. how are you feeling? i hope you'll get well really soon.
last january, my cute little hamster named "chii" had gone to hamster heaven. since he left, i started to come here often to see the hamster's life. baru, you are like my third hamster. please sleep tight and just take a rest.

ka on Sunday, January 22, 2006:

baru, i feel terrible that you are ill. please just rest and stay positive; you're going to be back on the ball in no time. in the meantime, remember that your papa and all your internet friends love you and keep you in our hearts. get well soon!

subgirl on Monday, January 23, 2006:

Baru is in my thoughts, please get better soon.

Lil Brat on Monday, January 23, 2006:

Get well soon Baru

Becka & Pets on Monday, January 23, 2006:

Oh gosh poor Baru, I am sending you all the best across the many miles my dear sweet little hammie. We all love you much! <3

Richard on Monday, January 23, 2006:

How did Baru get fleas?

donkey on Monday, January 23, 2006:

baruchito, get well soon!!!


Javi Lavandeira on Monday, January 23, 2006:

Richard: no idea. I had to leave for to weeks, so I left him in Mama's home. Most likely it was during that trip. They couldn't be on the hamster bedding, because in that case Flan, Coco and Nana would have got fleas too, but they haven't.

Carly on Friday, January 27, 2006:

Happy thoughts to Baru! Get well soon!!!

hamster lover on Friday, January 27, 2006:

no ,more fleas fleas are bad no more fleas flease are bad!!!!!!
You Flease SUCK.... get away from baru.

You can't hurt him, you disserve to DIE you ikky flease!
Fight them baru... baru!baru!baru!baru!

wombat on Monday, January 30, 2006:

Why did Mama not take him to the vet sooner? It is so sad and unfortunate that Baru had to suffer so much :(

Piggles The Dwarf Hamster on Friday, February 03, 2006:

aww...i wud give baru sum of my blood if i could hop you get better baru...

Tickles on Wednesday, February 08, 2006:

you look weely sick!!

Mr Woods on Friday, February 24, 2006:

if the vet found that the amount he gave baru was as much that was intended for a dog surely he should have cut down on how much he gave baruchito

kiki on Saturday, March 18, 2006:

I feel bad for you

Samantha on Tuesday, March 28, 2006:

i hop that the hamster will make it

=) on Thursday, March 30, 2006:



Baru lover on Thursday, June 01, 2006:

Please don't DIE Baru!!!!! You are the heart, the main life of your Homecage! We need you! Be strong Baru! I love you! DIE fleas! you deserve to die not Baru! DIE fleas DIE!!!!!!!!!

jasmine on Wednesday, July 25, 2007:

no baru please please please dont die its not your time yet.please dont die i hope u fell beter soon

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