Baru bitten by Flan

Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - Posted by Javi Lavandeira
Tonight something very bad happened. Baru and Flan were playing together outside their cages as usual, but for some reason Flan bit Baru several times on his head before I could separate them. Baru started bleeding almost immediately and it didn't look good, so we called our vet and told him that we were going to go there in a few minutes.

It was already past 11:00pm and the doctor's office was already closed, but he came from home by car and opened just for us. He examined Baru's head and saw that there was a one centimeter long wound between his eyes. Baru was still bleeding a lot.

The doctor explained that it was a very serious wound because of its size and also because of Baru's old age (more than two and a half years old already, very old for a hamster). He told us that he would have to suture the wound, but he was afraid of using an anaesthesic because Baru probably wouldn't survive, being so old. Then he decided to try it without anaesthesia. He managed to do a suture, but the wound was still bleeding. Baru was moving too much and it was very hard to continue, so he decided to continue by using anaesthesic gas.

It took him around 10 minutes, but he did a very good job cleaning the wound and suturing it. This is what Baru looks like right now:

Baru's head suturedBaru's head sutured

Baru looks fine now. He is obviously still a bit shocked, but he has been eating and playing a bit on his cage like usual until a while ago. He's now sleeping on his small porcelain home as normal. The doctor said that even though now he looks ok, we have to watch him very carefully during the following 7-10 days, because there's a chance that he might get worse.

I'm still impressed about how the doctor has handled this. I don't know if there are any Japanese people amonst the readers of this blog. But if there's any of you in Tokyo, and you own hamsters, please let me recommend you this doctor:

Doctor Ozawa
3-27-10 Kyuden


hammyarchitect on Tuesday, July 12, 2005:

Poor Baru! :(

Huzzah! for Dr. Ozawa!!! :)

Aneko on Wednesday, July 13, 2005:

Ah! That's terrible!
I really, really hope he'll be okay!

Mabel the Mouse on Wednesday, July 13, 2005:

I'm so sorry to hear that. Take care...

We had a sad day around here ourselves. Belle, auntie to the girls and sister to Pudding, passed away overnight peacefully in her sleep.

R.I.P, Belle

valentine (valley) on Thursday, July 14, 2005:

Baru! So sad. Kawaii, ne?!

I hope that you feel better soon! You are a brave hamster boy! I hope you feel better soon. Ki o tsukete, ne!

courtney on Monday, August 01, 2005:

omg i feel so bad for the hampster i have a hampster and i put ur website in mi profile online and mi friend saw it and said it was stupid so im not friends with him anymore he is just so meen

hamstergirl123 on Tuesday, August 02, 2005:

Oh! I hope you feel better, Baruchito! I'm glad you're ok!

Timmy the Mousie on Thursday, August 04, 2005:

Hope you're doing good. Tell that little Flan to be gentle-er,..Sorry about Belle, Mabel.

Hamtaro on Thursday, August 04, 2005:

Hey courtney, by any chance do ya know wut the SSP is? ((uh, don't ask for all you ppl who dunno))

Munchy on Thursday, August 04, 2005:

That was very sad to hear...

Hammy on Friday, August 05, 2005:

I can't believe that Flan did that!

Mika on Monday, August 08, 2005:

It's so nice that your vet treated your hamsters so nice.
My past 3 vets took one look at my hamsters and just went: they are hamsters, they are small and cheap. Just put it to sleep and get a new one.

hamster twins11 on Monday, August 22, 2005:


hamster lover on Saturday, September 03, 2005:

poor baru???do you know any vet in los angeles??
its a good thing that you know vet there...........:)

hamstersitos on Saturday, September 17, 2005:

poor Baru :'( Im glad your ok now. Yeah, its really difficult to find good vets. Because of hamster's small size they dont take them so seriously >> that really makes me angry! Ive had bad experiances with vets. Dr. Ozawa seems to be a very good Dr.!!

kayxx on Sunday, October 09, 2005:

thats such a wee shame im soo glad hes ok he looked just like ma hamster
so cute!!!!!

Roo on Thursday, December 22, 2005:

poor baru!!! kawaisoune! get better soon! xoxox
thanx for the info on dr. ozawa we might need it sometime!! isn't it just a big koinkidink that i live in tokyo and i have 2 hamsters???

Kitty on Tuesday, December 27, 2005:

oooooooooh pooooooooor litle baru. i feel sooooooooooooooo sorry for u. pleeeeeeeeeeease get well sooooooon. i looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooove u.


Kitty on Tuesday, December 27, 2005:

ok a little 2 many o's

Visitor on Saturday, January 21, 2006:

Syrian hamsters aren't supposed to play together like that! It's no wonder the one was bitten :(

Hamster luver on Sunday, January 22, 2006:

Ouch 2 u!Be cool

jostring on Monday, January 30, 2006:

syrian hamsters should never be alowed to play together outside cages - only if they are in their balls.
They could kill each other!!
I do not advise it at all!

Sara on Saturday, February 04, 2006:

Oh, Poor Baru!! He is such a cute little hamster!!! Get well, Baru!!!

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