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Syrian hamsters are my specialty, however, I have kept Campbells,Winter Whites and gerbils in the past. I can advise on most subjects associated with hamsters, including housing, bedding, feeding, handling, new borns and catching escapees. I have had some experience of various health problems with hamsters and can offer my opinion and advice on basic health issues, however I am not a qualified vet and therefore cannot recommend drugs etc. My website is

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I have been keeping hamsters and other small animals for more than 12 years. My favourites are Syrian hamsters and I foster litters and 'difficult' hamsters for a rescue centre. My job is to tame hamsters ready for re-homing, which is extremely rewarding. I also enjoy looking after new litters and raising the pups. I have co-written a book on hamsters with my local vet and have a website:


Hamsters in Sickness and in Health - Sheila Adby and Dan O'Neill ISBN186163218-5 (Capall Bann Publishing)


Educated to A Level standard in the UK.

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2017-03-29 Hamster wet tail:

Hi Deanna    Carrot does not cause wet tail.    Wet tail is often triggered by stress and tends to be found in young hamsters especially those who have been bred in a breeding farm, then transported to

2017-01-19 Syrian hamster weeing in nest:

Hi Richard    Thanks for your question.    Female Syrians are quite feisty at times - a lot more than the males and it can take a bit longer to tame them, however, when you do I am sure they will be great

2017-01-02 Syrian Hamster Electrocuted:

Hi Shianne    I'm sorry to hear about your hamster. It sounds as though he's had a lucky escape. If this was my hamster I would probably get him looked at especially as he's suffered amputation as you

2016-11-25 Oreo is a little off:

Hi Jinene    If you feel the cheek pouch (remember that they extend down as far as their waist) if there is food in there you can normally feel hard pellets.  I just wondered if there was any infection

2016-11-25 Syrian Hamster Death:

Hi Elizabeth    I'm so sorry to read your email.  This is really sad.    Was there any sign of diarrhoea?  Young hamsters can get wet tail if they have been stressed but you would know that they were ill


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