So, your hamster is having surgery.

It’s a stressful time. You’re worrying about what will happen. Will your hamster be OK?

It’s easy to forget to ask something, and find yourself unsure. Here’s a checklist of questions to ask your vet surgery when your hamster has an operation, and things to watch out for.

You can find full information on caring for hamsters after surgery in this blog post.

Questions to Ask:

Before the Surgery
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Do you take your hamster in a carrier or a travel cage?

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When should you drop him/her off?

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When should you give the last dose of medications before surgery?

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How do you arrange when to collect him/her?

When you Collect your Hamster
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Do you need to give any medication? If so, when is the first dose due?

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Check you know how much medication to give, how often and for how long

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Were there any difficulties during the surgery or recovery?

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Are there any specific problems you should watch for?

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Does the hamster have stitches? If so, do they need removal or will they dissolve?

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When does your hamster need a post-op check? (don't forget to book it!)

Call the Vet if:

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Your hamster is lethargic 24 hours after surgery

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Your hamster isn't eating, drinking, peeing or pooing

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There is a problem with the wound or stitches

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You are worried that your hamster is unwell

Your vet may add some things to watch out for that are individual to your hamster and their operation. Make a note of these so you can remember them later.

If you live in Southampton or the New Forest, Vectis Hamstery highly recommends Unicorn Vets, who have successfully operated on many hamsters, both dwarf and Syrian.