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Old 07-25-2008, 07:27 AM   #1
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Default How to put Eye-Drops in your Hamster's Eyes

How to put Eye-Drops in your Hamster’s Eyes

We came up with this technique when our hamster Bingley had problems with his tear glands and so needed eye drops each night. He wouldn’t sit still, but we found that this method makes it a lot easier.

You need:
* 2 people (preferably)
* A handkerchief
* Hamster and eye drops (obviously :P)

1. It is possible to do this on your own, but it’s a lot easier with two people. Start by placing the hamster on top of the handkerchief.



2. Gather the handkerchief up around the hamster tightly, so that only its head sticks out of it (we call it ‘swaddling’!). This way the ham can’t wriggle or bat at the drops with its feet.


(Bingley’s eyes are already wet here because the first pics we took were too blurry )

3. Whilst holding the hamster firmly, get the second person to carefully put the drops into the hamster’s eyes.



4. Once you have done the eye (or both eyes) you can release the ham from the handkerchief. Your hamster may try and wash the drops off but most of the drops will have gone into their eyes.

The same procedure can be used for eye-cream, but sometimes with cream it is better to put a drop on a cotton bud and smear it on the eye whilst the hamster is swaddled.

Hope this helps you if you need to put drops in your hamster’s eyes; we’ve found it works very well.
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Old 07-25-2008, 07:42 AM   #2
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Default Re: How to put Eye-Drops in your Hamster's Eyes

it's a good tip wrapping them in the tissue. I did that when giving oral drops and it really seems to keep them still!
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Old 07-25-2008, 11:24 AM   #3
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Default Re: How to put Eye-Drops in your Hamster's Eyes

Thanks Pophammy, I'll test this out with the Gerbil later
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Old 07-25-2008, 12:23 PM   #4
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They usually bite at the edge of the cloth Spacemonkey which is better than biting at your fingers!! Hope it works for your little one.
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Old 07-25-2008, 12:59 PM   #5
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Thats great pophammy!
I 'swaddled' Pepsi when i was giving him his baytril, made him feel more secure and safe
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Old 08-20-2008, 04:45 PM   #6
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I will try this with Ziggy tonight!
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Old 01-06-2009, 02:11 PM   #7
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Wish I'd seen this a couple of months ago when I needed to give Boris some Eye Ointment - gah what a struggle! Mind you, I was on my own - I think any method is easier with two people than with one! I ended up just pointing, firing and smearing it in gently if it misses! Why can't they be as easy to treat as guinea pigs!
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I guessing this would work for antibiotics too? (in the mouth)
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Old 06-01-2009, 04:56 AM   #9
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It would help Toria as the swaddling would help stop her pushing the syringe away with her paws. Go for the side of the mouth sort of into the cheek rather than straight on. If she is busy eating the towel then just be quick and pop it in the side. Once the syringe tip is in don't hesitate just push the plunger.
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ahh the side of the mouth? I will try that. We have to do it twice a day atm. Sometimes she is good as gold others i just can't get it in
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