Looking for a Healthy Hamster at the Pet Store

Looking for a Healthy Hamster at the Pet Store

A sick or slightly unhealthy hamster can pose some challenges for new pet parents, especially if they require veterinary care. To make your life easier, you should look for a healthy hamster at the pet store when deciding which one you should bring home.

There are obvious things to look for. The eyes, nose, and ears should be clean. If there's discharge, you should look at the other hamsters.

A healthy hamster should be bright and curious. If it's not nap time, the critter shouldn't be lethargic. There should be no sign of limping or stiffness either.

Where the hamster is living can be a good sign of his health too. A clean cage with plenty to eat, drink, and chew on is a good indication that the hamster is being well cared for.

No matter which hamster you choose, make sure you schedule an appointment with your vet Upper Arlington, OH when you bring him home. Visit their site for additional information.

Exercising Your Hamster

Your hamster is pretty much nocturnal so it may be difficult to get him the exercise he needs to stay healthy. Exercise also provides mental stimulation and bonding time with you so plan on daily exercise sessions. Never wake your hamster for exercise or he may become cranky and bite you. However, take advantage of his awake time for active play. Keep climbing apparatus, a hamster wheel and other exercise equipment in the cage but not so many that it becomes difficult to walk around. Plan on time outside the cage daily under strict supervision. Allow your hamster to run around and explore, climb over you, through PVC or cardboard tunnels and anything that might be fun without putting your hamster in danger. A hamster ball can be fun but take care no one accidently kicks the ball or that it is at risk of falling down stairs. For more information, contact your Stafford Oaks Veterinary Hospital.


Exercising Your Hamster

Creating a hamster habitat

Creating a hamster habitat

Your hamster means the world to you, and you want to be able to offer her a wonderful place to call home. This means that you will need to assess her needs and determine how you will meet them. It also means that you will need to figure out some additional things she would enjoy and determine if and how you can offer these to her as well.

Begin by making the space safe and functional. She should be able to go about her day in a way that makes sense to her, and that addresses all her needs. Consider the space available for her to roam freely, and try to maximize this as much as possible. She will also need a place to eat and drink, an area to rest in, and a small house where she can get some privacy. For more information, please contact your local Greensboro, NC vet, visit website http://vetsummerfield.com/.
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