A useful resource for dwarf hamster owners
There is a book which will show you how to take care of your dwarf hamster, what food is best for him, how to react if he catches a cold and any other question a hamster owner might have. If you are at your first hamster this 72 pages book will be of great help as you will see how you can tame him, how to teach him to react to your voice, how to teach him not to bite and be the greatest dwarf hamster of all.
Here are some things you will find inside the book (the things that I personally found interesting, maybe you will find other things of interest to you):
- the 4 types of dwarf hamsters and the particularities of each breed - the proper diet for him - how to tell if you have a boy or a girl - the list of foods that are not right for a dwarf hamster - and many others
Another thing that I liked about this book is that you do not only get this book, but you will receive a lot of bonuses, including the audio of this book too. It’s perfect if you have a lot to do in the house as you can listen to it while doing all the work. In my case the audio was a life saver!
It was helpful to me and that’s why I recommend that you also read this book. If you want to get a dwarf hamster or already have one, this little book will solve a lot of problems you may encounter on the way.
This is a neurological and genetic disorder. The hamster eats and drinks normally, but spends the rest of the time (when he is not sleeping) running in circles. This affection is commonly found in dwarf hamsters, and in very rare cases in Syrian hamsters.
Other symptoms include:back flipping or pacing.As the hamster gets older, he will start to run in circles more often. Some hamsters will be so severe affected as they will run and run, without stopping to eat or to drink some water.
This affection is frequent among hamsters that live in community and require immediate attention.Abscesses appear when your hamster has a bite, a wound or a scratch that is infected and his immune system tries to overcome it. The pus will develop under the skin resulting in a big , ugly bump, surrounded by a swelling area.
Sometimes , sharp objects of food items or even bedding get stuck into your hamster pouches, causing an infection that will most certainly lead to abscess. As we all know that the hamster is a big stasher, it will probably be hard for you to realize if the hamster’s pouches are infected or he just stuffed to much food in there. But if the hamsters has the pouches full all the time it will surely mean that he has an abscess. In this case a veterinarian consult is needed because the hamster could have stomach problems in the future, even if the abscess is treated. You couldn’t stay without food either,no?
The treatments consists in draining, flushing and antibiotics. But the treatment should be made as soon as possible because abscesses sometimes burst and are a great cause of infections.
If the wound which developed into an abscesses was caused by another hamster, you have to separate them before they get into another fight.
As painful as this might sound, hamsters may suffer from broken limbs. It’s very hard for both hamster and hamster owner, so it should be avoid, taking all the precaution methods. In this moments, a first aid kit for your hamster is very useful.
How to prevent a broken leg:
Carefully handle your hamster. Make sure that, in case he intends to jump or escape from your “powerful” grip, he won’t hurt himself. Try handling him by sitting in the bed, couch, on the floor or however you consider that is comfy. Remember that hamsters have very poor eyesight so they do not know if there are 0.5 meters (1.64 feet) or 5 meters (16.4 feet)! They just jump…
Be careful when the hamster is handled by children.We all know how children are…And we know how hamsters are too… So we have to watch these pesky kids (yep, I am talking about hamsters, too). Hamsters are very quick and they tend to escape very quickly when handled by little kids.
Symptoms of a broken bone: limping, not using one leg (or more), laying on one side, slow moving or unable to move, bone poking the skin (severe cases), dragging one foot, totally or partially paralyzed.
What to do if your hamster has a broken limb(or you suspect so):
If so, take your hamster to the vet IMMEDIATELY as he will need antibiotics treatment to prevent any further infections. Meloxicam and Carprofen are some pain medication that are prescribed in such cases. A splint would be applied to allow the bone to heal properly..* if you don’t see the bone poking the skin, your hamster is very lucky! He will need home treatment (yep, you will be his nurse and guiding angel), because no vet can treat a hamster broken limb.With proper care and devotion from you, he will recover all by himself and the broken limb will be just a bad nightmare.
Remove the wheel from he hamster’s cage, along with all his toys, ladders etc. If you have a cage with multiple levels, remove them as well. Don’t put your hamster in his play ball for at least 2 weeks! All these precaution measures will help your hamster to recover the broken limb, by reducing all activities that require effort.
Your hamster’s leg should be up and running in about 2 weeks. Sometimes, depending on the severity of the affection, the hamster might end with a small limp. But the little one doesn’t seem to be bother by this and he keeps his habits of running and digging.
Choose your vet wisely! Ask him if he has treated hamsters before. If he says a few, avoid going to him. Hamsters are tiny creatures and require special attention and care!
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