A hamster with a cold

hamster cold

A runny nose and sneezing in a hamster may be caused by a cold. Just like humans hamsters can catch colds. Common symptoms are runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing and wheezing; watery sticky eyes, respiratory clicking noises and loss of appetite. Colds can sometimes be accompanied by 'pink eye'. He will probably be curled up in a corner, and feel cool to the touch. Due to the many different types of viruses it is not possible to gain a complete immunity to the common cold. The virus is air borne and generated by humans coughing and sneezing, and sometimes by hand. The primary method to prevent infection is hand washing to minimize person to animal transmission of the virus. Or keep the handling of your pet to a minimum till you are better.
There is no treatment available for a hamster with a cold just as there is none for humans. In an otherwise healthy hamster dose him up with some warm milk, and add a little honey. He should be kept in a warm room preferably close to a radiator. If you have any concerns or do not see any improvement in a day or two a veterinary visit would be in order.

A cold in a hamster can very quickly develop into pneumonia. Pneumonia: Is a lung infection caused by bacteria, viruses, and fungus. Poor ventilation and high humidity can increase the risks of Pneumonia.

Vitamin C

The idea that vitamin C supplements can ward off colds is a myth. The use of vitamin C is not thought to have any effect on the common cold. But the immune system relies on a wide variety of mechanisms to help protect the body from infection, and vitamin C is especially important in the function of these immune components. Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) is a water-soluble vitamin and is an essential vitamin found mainly in fruits and vegetables. Large amounts of vitamin C may cause diarrhea. Vitamin C also supports a variety of the body's structures. Good sources of vitamin C can be found in vegetables, preferably raw, such as cauliflower, broccoli, strawberry, and eggs. All fruit and vegetables contain a certain amount of vitamin C.

A runny nose, sneezing, and sticky eyes could also indicate an allergy. Some hamsters may be irritated by the dust in the wood shavings.

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