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Old 02-16-2020, 07:11 AM   #1
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Question Dried Shrimps and Rosemary Questions

Hi everyone,
I'd like to get my little dwarf some dried shrimps, could anyone share some brands your hamsters like? Do you give them a bit of shrimp daily or more as a treat?

Also, does anyone know if rosemary as a food additive is safe for hamsters? I really want to give my guy a healthy hard dog biscuit since his last ones have been discontinued, but they all contain rosemary as a last ingredient.
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Old 02-16-2020, 07:42 AM   #2
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Default Re: Dried Shrimps and Rosemary Questions

Rosemary is safe. I'm guessing you're seeing rosemary extract as a preservative or something similar, which is fine - much better than the low quality biscuits using BHA/BHT/ethoxyquin which are all harmful.

However, it also depends on the other biscuit ingredients(which can then go even deeper to sourcing, quality control, etc).

I personally wasn't able to recommend Buddy Biscuits until more recently, but that would be one good idea. They don't have added sugar, not even molasses, and have a pretty short ingredient list along with a very cute shape as a bonus. Just be careful not to get the ones with bacon when using them for hamsters and don't share the ones with wheat with dogs as dogs should not have wheat!

For shrimp, you can give that daily as a protein boost. You can rotate that with other proteins though. I would stick to Pure Bites freeze dried shrimp, but you can also try other proteins from Pure Bites. I probably wouldn't feed their liver options too frequently though for nutritional reasons.
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Old 02-17-2020, 01:05 AM   #3
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Default Re: Dried Shrimps and Rosemary Questions

Thank you for the info, I appreciated it! I went out today and got him the Pure Bites shrimp, came home opened it and wow is it potent smelling! Lol! Like they were right out of the ocean fresh. The scent woke him out of bed and he came running out to see what it was, jumped on one and gobbled it down. So, he really loved it and I am hoping his tummy will be fine as he took a bigger one than I wanted him to have for a first try!! I should have known better, he's faster than I am. I'll look into the biscuits also..no worries about the chemicals..he's not allowed any of that stuff
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