|There may be times in your hamster's life that they will need treatment by a vet and it is your duty as a pet owner to ensure your hamster is treated. |
Below are the average statistics of a healthy hamster:
Life span: 2 - 4 years
Temperature: 97 to 100°F
Heart Rate: 280 - 500 beats/min
Respiration Rate: 35 to 135 breaths/min
Gestation Period: 16 - 21 days
Weight: Up to 210 g (7.4 oz)
Hamsters are natural prey animals and they usually hide any signs of suffering. You need to keep an eye on your hamster and watch closely for any signs of illness. Signs that there could be a problem include a runny nose, coldness, your hamster being unusually inactive, or digestive problems. If you are in any doubt about the health of your hamster, take it to your vet immediately as poorly hamsters can deteriorate quickly.
Your hamster's teeth will never stop growing so they need something to gnaw on to keep their teeth healthy. Sometimes this isn't enough and your hamster's teeth may need trimmed. Your vet will be able to carry out this procedure.
Likewise, their claws can become overgrown and uncomfortable for your hamster if they are too long. Your vet will easily be able to trim them.
Hamsters can get worm-type parasites, tapeworms being the most common but they can also harbour pinworms. If you suspect your hamster has worms, take a fresh fecal sample to your vet and he/she will be able to diagnose the problem. Your vet will then administer the appropriate medication for your hamster.
Fleas & Ticks
You need to check your hamster regularly for fleas and mites. A range of flea and mite sprays are available that are easy to apply and effective in getting rid of infestations. Ensure you read the instructions on the label before you apply to your hamster.
Other Health Conditions
Hamsters can also suffer from a variety of other health conditions such as wet tail, tumors, bladder stones, diabetes, fur loss, mange, diarrhoea, eye problems and ear infections. If you suspect that your hamster is ill, seek veterinary advice straight away.