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HAMSTER BREATHING HEAVILY HELP HELP!!!?

my dwarf hamster is really old about three years, loosing fur, blind in one eye and blinding in the other....sense its winter and its really cold in my room evey winter we put my hamsters cage in the laundry room (its nice and toasty warm) so my hamster doesn't go into hibernation, but he just lays in a ball breathing heavy now and i don't know whats wrong with him

Can you possibly take her out of the cage to take a look at her closely? Take a look at her stool; check that it is solid and her bottom is not wet. If so, please see here for wet tail information:
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loosing her fur could mean she has mites, or of old age. What kind of bedding does she use? ( pine or cedar? ) If it is one of these the lose of fur could be because she has mites. It is good that you move the hamster during the winter because he could get terribly cold and cause of death.

Why it is breathing heavy is because your hamster is very old and is likely to be dying from old age, although of course there could be other things going on too. The ideal situation would be to get her to a vet who would probably put her to sleep. It is extremely unlikely at this stage that they would be able to do anything to keep her alive. However, as this isn't possible, there are a number of things you can do to help her:

Make sure that everything she needs is close by - if there are platforms, wheels, toys etc in her cage - move them out so that all is there is her nest, her water bottle and easy access to food.

In case she is in pain you can give her pain relief in the form of aspirin - the dosage is tiny - if you crumble an aspirin (standard tablets contain 300mg) then divide the powder into 25 - this is the amount you need to give - so you are literally giving a few grains. You can put this in a couple of drops of water and using a dropper feed her with it. If she won't take it you can always add a drop of fruit juice - i.e. blackcurrant with it as small animals like this because it is sweet. The dosage can be repeated every 4 hours.

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