Hamsters, just like humans can suffer from Shock after
a severe fall or injury. If you were not there to witness
how the injury occured and there are no physical signs it
can be very difficult to pinpoint the cause. Regardless
the hamster must be taken care of properly which involves
slowly rubbing it to warm it up and promote the circulation
of blood. After it has warmed up slightly place it in an
area by itself which sould be warmer than usual and very
quiet. If you do not notice signs of improvement within
half an hour or so seek immediate veternarian attention.
If the hamster was knocked unconscious you can still take
the same steps outlined above but immediate veterinarian
attention will be much more important. The best way to avoid
injuries of this sort are to ensure that the cage they live
in is free from potential hazards that could cause a fall
or injury. Also, children tend to be rough with hamsters
and other small pets as they do not realize how easily they
can be injured. It is recommeneded that an adult supervise
all children anytime they remove the hamster from the cage
to play with it.
If your hamster has a hamster ball that they use outside
of the cage ensure that the hamster cannot roll itself down
any stairs as this is likely to cause serious injury.