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How to Treat Your Sick Hamster
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Sometimes hamsters get sick. Everyone does! Make your little buddy feel better by following these steps.
Instructions
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Hamster Health

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Check your hamster's symptoms:

Is your hamster sleeping longer than usual? Keep in mind that old hamsters naturally sleep longer.

Has your hamster lost its appetite?

Does it no longer groom itself?

Is it irritable?

When awake, is it slow moving, or has has a hard time getting around?

Has your hamster lost any of its fur, or has bald spots? Keep in mind that this is normal for older hamsters.

Does it have a runny nose, teary eyes, and/or wet bottom?

Hamster droppings should be rod-shaped. Watery droppings indicate too much fresh fruits and vegetables. Hard, dry droppings indicate not enough.

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Find out what your hamster has and how to cure it:

If your hamster has a cold, he will have a stuffy nose, sniffles and irritability. Give it cod-liver on some bread and it should be fine.

If it has teeth problems, it won't do anything really noticeable but you should look in their mouth occasionally! Dry milk helps almost all dental problems.

If your hamster has wet tail it will have a wet bottom and will be slower and more cranky. Act immediately, as this can be deadly. Wet tail comes from dirty cages, so you should keep cages very clean. To treat, get a broad spectrum antibiotic immediately.

If your hamster has diarrhea, stop feeding fruits and vegetables until he is better. It is usually caused by intestinal or stomach blockage. The best way to avoid this is to provide some alfalfa as part of the diet.

Constipation - this is caused by lack of water in the diet. Make sure fresh water is available at all times. If your hamster does become constipated, give him some carrots or other fresh fruits or vegetables (Plus, give him/her more water.)

Runny eyes, teary eyes - this indicates foods stuck in the food pouch. This occurs if you feed you hamster too much soft fruits and vegetable. Avoid this by giving your pet small pieces and watching to make sure he doesn't hoard it. If your hamster does get food stuck in his pouch, use a medicine dropper to flush the pouches.

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Find out how to prevent it (this isn't treating, it's making sure it won't happen again) and your hammy should be all set:

Colds: Make sure you wash your hands and dry them with a clean towel. Keep the cage away from drafts and never give your hamster a bath.

Teeth: There really isn't anything you can do except make sure they have a chewing block. If dry milk doesn't work see a vet which is the best choice anyway.

Wet Tail: keep the cage clean and it shouldn't be a problem.

Diarrhea: Don't give it more then one soft treat a day.

Constipation: Make sure there is always water available

Runny Eyes: Make sure they eat soft foods right off. Check their pouches occasionally to make sure nothing is stuck.

Tips and Warnings:

  • Make sure you are taking all the preventions or may be endangering your hamsters health.
  • Many people don't take the "Wash Your Hands" advice seriously but it is better for you and your hamster. They are very small and they don't have very large immune systems so every germ on your hands gets passed onto them.
  • Your hamster will be much happier if you listen to these steps.
  • When your hamster recovers from a cold, change their cage bedding completely even if it's clean. Also clean it out when you find out they have a cold; same with any other sickness.
  • Even when you take the preventions, Your hamster can get sick. Relax. If you know that you did the best you could it is not your fault. You don't necessarily get colds because your mom didn't take precautions, you can just sometimes get them, and it is the same with them.
  • Wet tail is deadly. Untreated wet tail will kill your hamster, so keep their cage cleaned out!
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