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Mia her arm under belly
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My baby girl hampster Mia has broken her arm wrist hand area and cannot walk on it and when she tries she draggs it under her hurting it further we at the moment took all stuff out of her cage and except food and water of course she has plenty of that and soft bedding I read before to keep her in there and just let her rest and heal my question is is there a natural remedy or anything I can do to take her pain away or make her content comfy anything I hate to see her this way I've cried till I cannot cry anymore I feel sorry for her I noticed as time goes by now in the fifth day she is trying to use it more I want to take her pain away and let her heal and not hurt if you have any advice or can refer me somewhere I and her will greatly appreciate you plz she is do tiny and can't fend for herself it's sad I want my happy lil hammy back..

I'm afraid my expertise is guinea pigs, not hamsters. However, an animal with a broken bone is pretty much the same anywhere.  So I will do my best to try to help.

As for natural remedies for pain medication I don't believe there are any. Because a hamster is so small it's difficult to determine the strength or quantity of any medication. And the correct dose is critical, especially in a small animal. Sometimes the best medicine is the least medicine.

The best thing to do it leave her alone. Keep her bedding soft as you are already doing. Animals are not like humans in that they won't try to do what they know they shouldn't.  She will rest until she feels able to put weight on the leg.

In the meantime it's a sit and wait game for you. The bone will heal, although it may not heal in the correct position, depending on what kind of break it is. But animals learn to deal with disabilities and not feel sorry for themselves.

Give her time, she will be okay. Just keep her food and water where she can reach it and keep her bedding clean so she has a clean place to rest when she needs to. Animals heal much faster than humans, probably because they don't take time to worry about it. They just take what life has given them, good or bad, and deal with it.

I hope that helps you a bit.  Please let me know how she's doing.  

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