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Old 07-26-2017, 09:49 PM   #1
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Default My hamsters foot is cut! Please help!

Hi today before I went to bed I went to check on my hamsters before going to bed and one of them had a little cut on its back foot and I checked the cage and all I could think that could maybe had cut him was his bendy bridge. So me and mom put Neosporin and we put a tiny little dab. Does any one have suggestions on what I could do for his foot instead of going to the vet?
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Old 07-26-2017, 10:24 PM   #2
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Personally I would not use human medication on any animal without contacting a veterinarian first. I wouldn't use neosporin on my hamster but maybe options differ. I would definitely take him/her to the vet to be checked out and in the mean time watch for inflamation, redness and pus. If any of those occur, you'll need to make a vet trip asap without fail. I've only ever used human creams on my animals after it's been recommended by my long term vet and then it was only Vaseline for a dry skin patch on my dogs elbow which was dressed so he couldn't lick it.
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Old 07-26-2017, 10:34 PM   #3
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I'd agree best not to treat your ham with anything without consulting a vet, you can use saline to bath wounds if need be but that's all.
If it's a minor cut it will most likely heal on it's own but keep an eye on it for signs of infection as that would need to be treated by the vet.
Have a thorough check of everything in the cage for anything sharp or rough & remove it, if it's wood you can sand any sharp edges down.
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Old 07-27-2017, 02:58 AM   #4
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Do you have a metal bottle holder?These are quite dangerous for hamsters as with climbing they can lead to cut foots and even worse.If not,another thing that can cause injury would be hay,especially when it's already quite dry and rough.

A lot of human products(and even animal products)have harsh chemicals or otherwise irritating substances(such as propylene glycol,alcohol including isopropyl substances which are very drying and will ultimately make skin irritation worse and give very poor overall skin health with continued use,etc).
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Old 07-27-2017, 12:08 PM   #5
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Neosporin is perfectly safe to use on a hamster, and is what a majority of vets will use for cuts. I've always treated wounds by dabbing water on the cut via a cotton ball, and then put a tiny bit of neosporin on their foot. He should be just fine, watch it, and if it seems warm, swollen, or in any way infected, take him to the vet ASAP. Best wishes
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Hi and welcome to HC, Skatergirl! I'm sorry to hear of your hammy's injured foot. Hopefully, it is all healed by now. Best wishes. I look forward to seeing you around the forum.
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Old 08-14-2017, 04:57 AM   #7
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Just keep a close eye on the cut, fingers crossed it heals by itself.
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