You take your dogs and cats to the vet on a regular basis for check-ups and shots, but what about your hamster? A hamster may be tiny, but it can still suffer from diseases and injury. Here are some reasons your hamster should see an animal health care professional.
Hamsters don’t need to be vaccinated, so many hamster owners don’t consider trips to the vet to be necessary. However, your hamster will live its longest and best life if you take it to a veterinarian each year or two. Here are some things a vet visit will do for your hamster.
Evaluate Your New Hamster
Take your new hamster to the veterinarian to ensure that you are bringing a safe, healthy pet into your home. You will feel safer handling your hamster and allowing others to interact with your hamster if you know it is healthy.
Answer Your Questions
A veterinarian will answer your questions about the best food for your hamster, how to choose bedding, the safest way to clean a hamster cage and anything else you might want to know.
Notice Signs of Illness
Your vet may be able to see illness in your hamster long before you do. If you have taken your hamster to a vet for check-ups while it is healthy, your veterinarian will be able to tell if your hamster is not acting or looking like its normal self.
Illnesses and Conditions
Hamsters do get sick, and immediate veterinary care is the best way to help your hamster survive an illness. Here are some common hamster problems that require veterinary care.
Wet tail is another name for a disease called proliferative ileitis. This disease causes diarrhea and can spread very quickly. Your veterinarian may treat your hamster with antibiotics and fluids. The vet will also advise you on ways to keep your other hamsters safe.
Hamsters with ringworm will suffer from skin irritation and may have itchy bald spots on their skin. A veterinarian will treat the ringworm with a topical cream.
Hamsters often have sensitive skin and can have problems with infection. Hamsters with infection may have visible abscesses or areas that are pussy or draining fluid. A veterinarian will clean the area and provide antibiotics.
Your tiny hamster can get hurt while running in a hamster ball or playing in its cage. Hamsters can get scratches, which can get infected. They can also break the bones in their legs. Your veterinarian can examine your injured hamster to see what is wrong and what needs to be done.
You love your pet hamster, and you want to keep it healthy. That’s why visits to the veterinarian are a must.