Hamster Health


Keeping your pet healthy is an important part of being a responsible owner, whether you have a dog, cat, or a hamster. Many people believe that you cannot take a hamster to the hammy-eatinvet, but this is not true. However, even if veterinary assistance may only be needed once in your hammy’s life, it’s still important to be aware of a vet near you, in case anything goes wrong!

It’s unlikely that you’ll need to take your hamster to the vet very often, and you can even change that to “hardly ever”! If you follow these few simple steps to checking your hamster for lumps and bumps, you’ll be able to tell if anything has changed in your hamster’s body, and potentially save your hammy’s life.

A “check-up” should be done every 2 weeks. A “check-up” is where you pick up your hamster, and feel along his back, stomach and bottom with your thumb and index finger. This may be difficult at first if you haven’t tamed your hamster, or if your hamster doesn’t like to be touched. Be careful not to “dig” into your hamster as this can hurt them and make them frightened.nature hamster

As you run fingers along their back/bottom/stomach, feel for lumps or areas that don’t feel normal. Think of it like stroking your hamster except adding more pressure. If anything on our bodies change, we notice immediately and are able to go to the doctor to get it sorted out. But a hamster can’t do this, so it’s up to us to make sure our little furry friends are okay! As your hamster gets older, you should think about increasing the amount of check-ups.syrian hammy

If you do find any lumps, bumps, wet patches, irritation or find that your hamster doesn’t look too good, visit my “Hamster Illness” page to find out what it could mean. Or, you can visit my “Warning Signs” page so you can tell when your hammy may be coming down with something.Alfie again!

Remember: Every animal gets sick at some point in their lives, including hamsters. Don’t panic if something does go wrong, as there will always be a vet out there to help you!


3 thoughts on “Hamster Health

  1. Hi I’m thinking about changing my 2dwarf hamsters food from harry hamster food mix to the dwarf hamster harvest mix how should I do the prowess if I do it thanks

  2. 🙁 I had a hamster when I was little, but it died. I thought it had escaped and so I looked everywhere, but couldn’t find it. I gave up after a while. one day I went into the chest freezer to get a popsicle and I found him frozen inside a plastic baggie. it turns out my mom found him dead while I was in school and she froze it until the spring when she would have buried it…I was mad (and sad). From recent research I have decided that it died from wet tail. It always had a ruffled and unkempt look about its fur and it died fast…and of course had a wet bottom. But sadly we didn’t know the signs, I was so little. : (

    1. I’m so sorry for you and your hamster! I’m sure your mother was just trying to do what she thought was best. Wet tail is often hard to diagnosed, and takes a lot of pet hamsters.

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