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Old 12-02-2018, 11:10 AM   #1
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Default Fleas!!

I found a flea on my Syrian! Is a store-bought spot-on safe to use for my hamsters or do I need a prescription from the vets?

This is the one Iím looking at:

Iím just about to treat my cat and dogs, then clean the hamster cages and the house. I havenít found any fleas on my dogs or my cat or other hammies so I think I caught it before it became an infestation luckily!
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Old 12-02-2018, 12:07 PM   #2
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Default Re: Fleas!!

I’ve used Ivermectin based preparations on my hamsters before as a preventative treatment but I know that from speaking to others who have had issues with mites/lice that sometimes the parasites seem to be resistant to it and something stronger such as Selamectin may be needed but this will only be available with a prescription from a vet.

This is the Ivermectin preparation that I use:

(It says cage birds but it can be given to both Syrian and Dwarf hamsters)
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Old 12-02-2018, 10:28 PM   #3
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It's very unusual for hams to get fleas, it most likely came in on a cat or dog so I wouldn't treat with anything unless you see any more signs that there are more fleas on your ham or in the cage, probably just a one off & these treatments aren't without risks so better not to use them unless you really have to.
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Old 12-03-2018, 05:35 AM   #4
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Like cypher has said its very unusual for hamster to get fleas. If you haven't seen any other fleas I would just monitor your hamster instead of giving any treatment at the moment.
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