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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-05-2004, 01:11 PM Thread Starter
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do hamsters get fleas?

hi- new hamster mommie here, and i recently noticed that my hammie is kinda itching herself, and i've gotten mysterious bug bites.
do hamsters get fleas?
whats the remedy?
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Hamsters do sometimes get fleas yes. However, in most cases of itchiness I would suspect either mites or lice, especially if you are being bit yourself. Do your cats have fleas? What type of bedding do you use? Lice are usually species specific so they shouldn't be biting you, although occasionally they do get a taste for another species blood.

I would take your new hammie into the vet where they can do a skin scraping and determine what is causing him to itch. It's suggested to take any new pet to the vet for a thorough checkup anyway. Treatment is usually done with Ivermectin or a topical flea med such as Revolution. This should NOT be done by yourself. You need to know the proper dose which your vet can give to you.
 
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thanks for the help- i don't have any other furry pets, just an aquarium- the hamster thinks shes got beachfront property!
i use Chloro-pine bedding. the green stuff.
i'll take her to a vet to check her out.
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Chloro-pine bedding
Don't use this.. really bad stuff and may well be why hamster is itching and can cause heaps of other problems? Use kiln dried shavings, carefresh, aspen shavings or a paper based litter or something similar and far safer.

Best of luck at the vets and do keep us updated!
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Yes, pine and cedar shavings should not be used due to the shavings containing toxic phenols which irriatate the respiratory tract. Although most people think kiln dried shavings are safe, it's recently been proved otherwise. You should use a safe bedding such as aspen shavings/pellets, hardwood pellets, Carefresh, Yesterday's News etc.

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ok, thanks- i've seen carefresh at my pet store, i'll make sure to get that.

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Good luck Liz... give hamster a big kiss from me, she's lucky to have such a caring mummy!
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aww. thanks- lumi is lucky to have such caring and friendly pals here at paw talk
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Question Does the pine-shavings cause this?

I have two hamsters and there twins,and both of them have these weird marks on both of there sides.They're like black lumps on the skin,but they were there when i bought them about two years ago.
I've always used the pine or cedar shavings...
And I saw a flea on one of my hamsters but i couldn't get it off of him because I lost it.
What kind of shavings should I use,and what are the black lumps on their sides???
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What breed are they? Syrians have their scent gland on their side, so this may look like a 'lump'.. If they are dwarves, this could be just the colouring of their fur..


re bedding: do as suggested above.
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i'm not sure what kind of hamsters they are but both of them have 2 black "lumps" on both of their sides.
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yes pine and cedar bedding is really bad for really any small animal. If you prefer to go with cheaper wood shavings stick with aspen.
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yeah my mom went and bought some kind of "corn cob" stuff and you're supposed to put it under the shavings "pine,cedar,aspen".
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i think even with this "corn cob" stuff pine and cedar and still bad to use as bedding
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The corn cob bedding is also dangerous. If it's ingested, it can seriously damage the intestinal systems of small animals, and it's prone to molding VERY easily and has been known to make hamsters sick from the mold.

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