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Old 07-01-2021, 10:58 AM   #1
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Is there any benefit to registering a hamster with a vet?

Iíve not been responsible for an animal before so Iíve never had to visit the vets. Their websites say you can register but donít say why (it makes sense to me if youíve got a pet that needs jabs, tagging etc., but hamsters?).

In case it makes any difference, I can easily get to four vets that treats hamsters (2 Vets4Pets and 2 independent). If I did register would I be best off doing it with all of them just in case?
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Old 07-01-2021, 12:17 PM   #2
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The benefits are that a) they know the hamster exists, b) what species (and thus what diseases, genetic or otherwise, they might get), c) their age (for age-related issues), d) other health-related things like weight, previous issues, etc.

It essentially boils down to making things as quick as possible to get the hamster in to the vet's office and looked at, and any issues diagnosed (or, to have the hamster quickly PTS if it becomes necessary to help them on their way). Hamsters, despite being surprisingly hardy creatures, can have their health turn for the worst rapidly, so speed in getting them help is essential.

I just have mine registered to my nearby Companion Care vets, although given recent history I've been considering looking elsewhere. How many you register your animals to is up to you; consider things like distance, costs, and how good they are at treating 'exotic' animals.
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Old 07-01-2021, 01:47 PM   #3
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I personally don't have my hamster registered, I've never had a hamster registered. The two closest vets near me find it quite silly and turned me away because they're too small (it's the same with my budgies)... they also don't find it appropriate to try checking them over but they do it because it's their job, so I have no choice. I'm not going to travel 40 minutes into London - wait through traffic which adds on another 30 or 40 minutes on top of the 40 minutes - pay for parking just to be able to be registered when I can go to my local vet for a check over when I notice something is up; even if that means spending £15 - £40.

As with other animals, my cats are registered with the local vet and makes it so much cheaper to get them vaccinated when they need to be.
Age: 20 years old ē Hamsters I currently own: 2 ē Hamsters at the Rainbow Bridge: 1
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Old 07-01-2021, 04:16 PM   #4
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It is always good to start saving for a vet fund as hamsters can get sick and can be treated for many things and costs can mount up (I had to pay £40 many years ago to have a hamster pts.. out of hour costs can also be triple or more that). Being registered with a vet also gives you an idea of costs that you may encounter but also if you need an appointment, some vets prioritise those already registered.

It is always preferential to have an exotics or small furries specialist but they are hard to come by. That said, making enquiries and finding the right vet for you is always good to do in advance
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