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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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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

2016-11-25 Oreo is a little off:

Hi Jinene    I'm sorry that Oreo isn't 100%. Ear infection is usually the first thing to suspect. There are some illnesses that cause a heat tilt which are serious but I think you'd have noticed other

2016-11-20 Glue + gerbil:

Hi Alan    Thanks for your question.    I honestly don't know the answer to this - I would think that it is safe if it is non toxic.  Bearing in mind that many of the toys you get in pet shops are glued

2016-10-08 Dwarf Hamster:

Hi Michael    Thanks for your question.    It is true that in the wild dwarf hamsters live in colonies, however, there is no guarantee they get along OK.  In captivity I have kept them in groups, which


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