Flan had surgery

Sunday, April 02, 2006 - Posted by Javi Lavandeira
Last week I took Flan to the vet because I was worried that she was too fat. Dr. Ozawa didn't find anything wrong with her. He said that she is too fat and needs to lose weight, and told me to put her on diet.

Earlier this week I checked Flan and Nana after I woke up, as every morning. I noticed that Flan had blood under her tail, so I prepared her travel cage and took her to see Dr. Ozawa. He decided that the best would be to give her an echography to see what was wrong.
Flan gets an echography

The echography showed dark areas inside her tummy. He explained that these could mean pus and that there was a very high possibility of pyometra (an infection of the uterus), and that Flan would have to have surgery as soon as possible. If it was indeed pyometra then Flan's womb would have to be removed. He explained that not having surgery would certainly mean Flan's passing away in a few days. Surgery would at least give her a chance. I agreed to the surgery and left Flan there with the doctor.

In the afternoon Dr. Ozawa called. When he operated Flan he saw that it wasn't pyometra. Instead, it was a blood clot neat the womb. He removed it. He said that Flan would have to stay at least three days in the hospital.

I went to see her the next morning. She was sleeping in her nest, and when I offered her a bit of boiled egg she took it and started eating, but she looked stressed and scared. I cleaned her cage right there and went to work. I visited her the following day too. One of the doctor's assistants told me that Flan wasn't eating well and that they had to hand-feed her, so I grew worried. However, when I saw her and gave her some fresh food, she took it from my fingers and started eating.
Flan scared after surgery

On Friday, Dr. Ozawa said that she was recovering well and she was eating again normally, so I could bring her back home again. I cleaned her big cage and put a thick layer of clean hay on it, but looked like she wasn't comfortable walking on it. I put her back in her travel cage while I replaced the hay with stripped newspapers and tissue paper. She didn't complain anymore.

Very carefully I took a photo of her tummy:
Flan's surgery

Next Saturday we'll go again to see Dr. Ozawa because he has to remove the stitches.

She is now sleeping most of the time and doesn't go out of her nest much. I guess that's normal after being operated. Apart from that, she's eating normally and can go to the toilet without problems. I saw her drinking from her water bottle yesterday.

She's getting extra treats for being so brave.


Katrina on Sunday, April 02, 2006:

Aw! Get feeling better Flan! Huggies and enjoy your treats!

kaori on Sunday, April 02, 2006:

she'll be alright soon:) gambare!

Daniel on Sunday, April 02, 2006:

I didn't know that vets could do anything for hamsters. My last on egot wet tail and died. Can this be prevented if my new on econtracts this hamsterific infection?

Javi Lavandeira on Sunday, April 02, 2006:

Daniel: wet tail is in most cases fatal. The best you can do is try to prevent it. Make sure that his cage is always clean, and pay special attention to the place he uses as toilet.

In any case, seeing a vet is ALWAYS the best option, because they DO help small animals like hamsters.

Joy on Sunday, April 02, 2006:

Brave little Flan! huggies to you! get well soon hun!

Jessica Extreme on Sunday, April 02, 2006:

wow,your poor little family is having series of diseases.remember when baru had fleas?remember when most of his family died?now its flan...i hope you all pray for her!

Paladin on Sunday, April 02, 2006:

Get well soon, little Flannie! This is a shock but you are in wonderful hands.

Hector Pagoda on Sunday, April 02, 2006:

I hope Flan gets well quickly and completely. She is very very lucky to have you looking after her.

Janina on Sunday, April 02, 2006:

poor flan!!! but she is very strong and will get well soon. =(^.^)=
A week ago I bought a hamster, too. (it's my first one)I hope she wont get sick so seriously...
best wishes, Janina and her hamster

Yushi on Sunday, April 02, 2006:

It's sooo nice that your vet actually cares enough to suggest surgery to your hamsters!
All the vets i've gone to just told me: the hamster is too small to do anything on, just put them down. You can always get another one.
Get well soon Flan ><

chet-s momma on Sunday, April 02, 2006:

aw, poor flan. she is lucky to have a good papa and mama and dr to look after her! our prayers are with you...

chet and mom

Emily AKA the Matrix Hamster on Sunday, April 02, 2006:

I hope Flan feels better!!! GET WELL SOON, extra treat treats!!!

frankiepin-s mama on Sunday, April 02, 2006:

i am so glad that flan is recovering well from her surgery!
you had me worried for a bit!!
but thankfully all is well!

Claire on Sunday, April 02, 2006:

Get well soon Flan!!

donkey from the philippines on Monday, April 03, 2006:


Daniel on Monday, April 03, 2006:

Thanks for the advice Javi. I check the cage eveyry day to remove wet sawdust, poop and veg. ps get well soon Flan.

Jackie on Monday, April 03, 2006:

AAhh..get well soon Flan. I'm glad to hear that the sugery went well. I know you are a strong little Hammie

Scamper on Monday, April 03, 2006:

Awww!!! Get well soon little Flan!!

Lil Brat on Monday, April 03, 2006:

Get well soon Flan, you are in our prayers

Ben on Monday, April 03, 2006:

You take such fabulous care of your hammies. Thanks for being a great example of how to care for one's pets and being a doting papa :)

I hope Flan gets well very very soon.

kawaii on Monday, April 03, 2006:

god bless you all

Jessica Extreme on Monday, April 03, 2006:

caitlin are you still there?by the way,whats your email adress?

J-Lan on Monday, April 03, 2006:

oh no.. i hope you get better flan.. good thing you have a loving papa & mama..

Talia on Monday, April 03, 2006:

Glad to hear Flan is on the road to recovery. Best wishes..

Becka on Tuesday, April 04, 2006:

Get well soon flan.

Scamper on Tuesday, April 04, 2006:

Please update us on how Flan is doing!
Poor little girl.

Emily on Tuesday, April 04, 2006:

Wow, you are so lucky to have a competent vet. I have lost so many mice to vets who don't know about small animals. Well done taking care of her - I wish all pocket pets had people like you to care for them! And good luck to Flan!

G.V.F. on Wednesday, April 05, 2006:

I am so in awe how well you and your vet take such good care of your hammies. They are such special little creatures, we will all pray for Flan and her recovery. Please keep leading in example what it takes to care for our precious hamsters.

Rosie on Wednesday, April 05, 2006:

I am going to get a new hamster soon (hopefully Friday, as they're getting babies in!)and I can't wait.
Now I just have to think of a name! Any suggestions?

faye on Wednesday, April 05, 2006:

Dont worry she'll be fine.
Flan is a brave trooper!

Ados Jass on Wednesday, April 05, 2006:

Poor little thing looks scared!

Robin on Wednesday, April 05, 2006:

Can we have a Flan update? Is she doing okay?

Oneluv on Wednesday, April 05, 2006:

I hope your little guy gets better!!!
So lucky to have great parents and doctor to look after her! My wishes and prayers are with you!!! She is a brave soilder =^)

Trish, Chris & the wee little beasties on Wednesday, April 05, 2006:

We're glad to hear you're doing better, Flan. Take care...

Caitlin on Tuesday, April 11, 2006:

Hi Jessica Yes i'm here! My email is book_worm1717@hotmail.com

Caitlin on Tuesday, April 11, 2006:

For my earlier post NO ONE ELSE ADD ME OR ELSE I'LL TRACK YOU DOWN AND KILL YOU just kidding i'll just block and delete you:)

Jessica Extreme on Thursday, April 13, 2006:

thanks caitlin can i e-mail you now?

Jessica Extreme on Friday, April 14, 2006:

never mind i already did.

Hamsterlover on Sunday, May 07, 2006:

ohhhhhhh, hang in there and be brave and injoy those treats while you can, and we will miss you if you go.

george on Sunday, May 14, 2006:

ahhhhhhhhhhh flan be brave and take care of your self

Forrest on Wednesday, June 28, 2006:

I hope Flan feels better.

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