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What You Need To Know About Pet Hamsters

Hamsters are perfect starter pets. They’re easy to take care of, small, furry, active and adorable. But knowing both how to care for a pet hamster and how to spot the early signs of common health issues is an essential part of being a pet owner. Keep reading to learn more.

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Before going ahead and adding a hamster to your family, it’s essential to know how to care for it. Luckily, hamsters are generally easy to take care of. Below are the four main care aspects to consider:

  • Habitat: Purchasing an escape-proof cage is the first step in creating a safe life for your hamster. We recommend buying an enclosure that’s at least 15 inches long by 12 inches high — but the bigger, the better. Keeping the cage clean is extremely important for your hamster’s health.
  • Food: Hamsters enjoy eating fresh fruits and vegetables. On top of that, you can buy bags of hamster food mix that will contain a blend of grains, nuts and dried produce.
  • ToysAn exercise wheel is the best way to ensure your hamster stays active. You may also buy a hamster ball for your pet to roam around your home — just keep an eye on them!
  • Bedding: It’s best for your hamster’s bedding material to be made from plant-based paper fibers. Try to avoid burrowing materials such as wood, cat litter, newspaper and scented bedding, which is high in chemicals that can cause diseases.



Health Issues For Hamsters

No one wants a sick hamster! By knowing what signs to look out for that indicate the most common wellness issues, you can keep your hamster in perfect health. Here are some of the prevalent hamster health challenges:

  • Skin Disease: Ringworm and mite infestations are common skin diseases in many hamsters. These infections can be diagnosed through fungal cultures and analyzing skin scrapings. Sometimes, just changing your pet’s bedding can help with this common health issue.
  • Hair Loss: Hair loss can be a sign of cage rubbing, tumors, kidney disease and thyroid deficiencies.
  • Digestive Problems: If you notice your hamster has diarrhea, no appetite or a lack of energy, they may be suffering from wet tail — a gastrointestinal disease that can be caused by stress, dietary issues and bacterial infections.
  • Respiratory Infections: If your hamster is sneezing, wheezing and coughing, they most likely have a cold. Did you know your pet can catch illnesses from you when you’re sick? We encourage handling your hamster only when you’re feeling well and healthy.


When To Call A Hamster Vet

Closely monitoring your hamster’s health can help you stay on top of keeping your hamster sickness free. If you notice any of the above signs, call your local hamster vet right away. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Hamster Veterinarian In Sarasota, Bradenton And Lakewood Ranch, FL

We proudly offer our clients unmatched health services for exotic animals such as hamsters in the Bradenton, Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch areas. If you have any questions about a potential furry friend addition, call us today at (941) 253-5218 or contact us online. Alternatively, you can visit our location in Bradenton, Florida.


Contact us today to learn more, or request an appointment for your hamster online.

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