pet health


Question by  Hawks (13)

How do you kill mites on hamsters?


Answer by  Meowzer (392)

There is a drug called Ivermectin, available from a veterinarian, that will treat mites. You will also need to change all the bedding, clean the cage, and all toys and accessories thoroughly to prevent reinfection. Mites may be in the bedding or feed so getting a new bag of each would be a good idea.


Answer by  traumatised (3285)

Go to a vet and get a prescription for ivermectin. It can be administered topically or by injection and in a series of doses. Hamsters are so small and there are many solutions out there, so make sure you go to a qualified exotics vet who specialises in rodents for the right dosage.


Answer by  Anna8413 (67)

First of all, you should consult with your veterinarian in this subject. Or you should go to the local pet store and asking the shopkeeper about anti-mite protection. You can buy an anti-mite spray and using it carefully on the pet. You have to clean regularly the hamster's cage to get rid of mites.


Answer by  wonder47 (123)

I have heard of quite a few treatments, including one where you mix a pint of water with a tablespoon each of with hazel and regular listerine, and wipe down your hamster with a washcloth. It should kill them. Also, products with ivermectin applied in tiny doses externally once a month can help if natural methods do not.


Answer by  patti (29325)

Call a veterinarian that treats "exotics." You'll need some kind of poison to kill the mites, and you certainly don't want to harm the hamsters in the process.


Answer by  Snichole (195)

You can go to any local pet store and purchase ear mite drops for cats, and use them on your hamsters. The ear mite drops for cats would be extremely effective, and very gental; it will not harm the hamster.


Answer by  Kelly88 (434)

Just head to your vet or local pet store and get mite killing spray. Also, make sure you thoroughly clean the cage so none are left to hope back on your little friend when he's back in his home!


Answer by  cmaopep (239)

You can purchase anti-mite spray usually from the pet store or from a vet. Also make sure that if you have any other pets that they don't have mites because they can pass them along. Shield your hamster's head and spray the anti-mite solution, then clean their cage thoroughly.


Answer by  Mumma (483)

This is usually done with topical ivermectin, and is not a difficult procedure. However, you cannot do this without veterinary supervision, at least not the first time you treat mites on a rodent. The vet will be able to prescribe the correct dose and solution for your little guy, as incorrect dosages can be fatal.

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