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My Name is XXXXX XXXXX I am a Vet Tech for 30+ years. I would be happy to help you with Sprinkles. It is possible the the area you see may have been abscessed. When a puncture would seals, it can trap bacteria in it. When this happens the bacteria eventually works to the surface creating an open sore which can oooze infection and be very painful, especially in the area you have described. What you can try is some warm compresses on the area for 5 mins on and 10 mins off several times a day. Once you have completed the compresses take some diluted Betadine Solution and warm water to clean the area, dry well and apply some plain Neosporin to the wound. This should aid with infection and healing. If this does not help within 3-4 days then Sprinkles will need to see an Experienced Hamster or Exotic Vet. They will be able to administer some Hamster safe antibiotics to help clear the infection. This is a link for Rodent Vets: http://www.rmca.org/Resources/vets.htm/ Please place the word member in each box. Please let me know if you have further questions where I can assist you with Sprinkles. Joan
We do use a thin layer of Neosporin on wounds on Hamsters and it is safe. As far as antibiotics, they do need to be prescribed by a Vet. it is illegal to suggest any antibiotics without a hands on relationship. This is a link for Medications that are safe for Hamsters: http://www.vspn.org/vspnsearch/aow/drugtherapyinpetrodents.htm