A useful resource for dwarf hamster owners

dwarh hamster care bookWe all love hamsters and do our best to take great care of them. But sometimes we try too much to do the best that we harm our hamsters.
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.

Click here for Dwarf Hamster Book


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.

hammy If discovered in time, this affection can be treated by a vet. The hamster will need all the support you can give him, so take good care of your hamster.

hammy You should NOT breed hamsters suffering from this disorder as this will result in hamsters suffering from the same affection.

hammy If your hamster runs in circles now and then, it doesn’t necessarily mean he has a compulsive behavior. He is  just very active and happy.


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.

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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.

hamster broken limbs

How to prevent a broken leg:

hammyCarefully 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…

hammyBe 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.

hammyTell everyone in the house that the hamster is running in his ball. Sometimes, people aren’t aware that a hamster is in it and they kick it. Check to see that your hamster doesn’t have any access to stairs, steps, basements, pool (it sounds silly but it wiser to prevent).

hammyBuy a plastic wheel for your hamster. Avoid wire ones because those are vey dangerous because the tiny hamster can get his foot stuck between the bars!

hammyTry not to let him wonder around in the house.You can accidentally hit him with the door, step on him, or he can just be unlucky and something may fall on him, causing a very bad injury. Hamsters are smart rodents and if they run in the house they will easily find their way out. I am sure you don’t want that so NEVER let your hamster run in the house without supervising him.

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):

hammyExamine your hamster carefully. Did the bone penetrate the skin?
hammyIf 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.

hammyRemove 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.

hammyLower the water bottle to make it easier for your hamster to reach it.

hammyWas the hamster living in with other hamsters? It is better if you let him alone in a cage, to recover in peace.

hammyIf possible, move the hamster to an aquarium or a bin. This will stop him from climbing on the bars as usual.

hammyProvide plenty of fresh bedding for your hamster to help him feel  comfortable.

hammyFeed your hamster small amounts of bread soaked in a bit of milk or dog biscuits. These two are very high in Calcium and they will help your hamster to heal the wounded bone easier and quicker.

hammySpoil him. Give your hamster treats, chew food, or any food he enjoys. Also, supply him with fresh water and food.

hammyYour 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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