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Hamster 911

Post by Admin on Fri Jun 26, 2009 9:10 pm

Your hammy is sick. What do you do? Is it something minor or something that needs serious attention? Having a sick pet is no fun for the pet or for you, the loving pet owner. Any illness should be treated with the utmost seriousness, some may be able to be treated in your presence some may require the attention of a veterinarian. In an emergency however, you should always consult a veterinarian.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

1. Immediately separate the hamster from any other animals, particularly other hamsters. This is a precautionary measure in the event the illness is contagious. The isolation area should be quiet, warm and draft-free to allow the ill hamster an opportunity to rest and recuperate in a stress-free environment.

2. Keep close watch on any other hamsters, and if they show any symptoms set up another hospital unit, preferably in a different room

3. Sterilize all toys, cages, tubes, dishes, water bottles,etc. by first washing with an antibacterial soap and then rinsing with a 5 to 10% household bleach solution. Always make sure everything is finished with a clean water rinse, no odor from the bleach should remain. Discard all uneaten food and bedding. Wooden toys, etc. can be rinsed with the bleach solution and then rinsed again with clean water and put in the microwave for two to three minutes.

4. Always wash hands with an antibacterial soap before and after handling the sick hamster or any of the items it may have contacted. Clean the area around, and under his cage with disinfectant, such as Lysol. Lysol can also be sprayed in the air to destroy any possible air-borne bacteria.

5. Don't attempt diagnosing the problem, seek consultation with a veterinarian. A thorough medical examination is essential to insure proper treatment and possible preventative treatment to other animals that may have been exposed. Never give a sick animal medications designed for other animals or over-the-counter drugs. Obtain either a prescription from the veterinarian or administer other available drugs and medications in accordance with the vet's instructions.

In the end remember most vets have reasonable rates for hamsters. Reduce all possible stress by transporting him/her to the clinic in its own cage. Place a cover over the cage to avoid drafts and bring him/her to the one person who can give the best medical treatment available for hamsters; your veterinarian.

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