Q. My daughter has gotten pinworms and is afraid she might have spread them to her hampster is this possible if so how soon should we see vet
DR. MASSIMO ORIOLES, DVM, MRCVS
A. Pinworms are transmitted mainly via ingestion of contaminated water and feed (i.e., materials that have come in contact with feces from another infected animal). The type of pinworm that people are susceptible to is known as Enterobius vermicularis. Only humans (and possibly other primates - so no hamsters -) can transmit this type of infection. Hamsters should not get this type infection but are susceptible to other type of ''pinworms''. If you notice any kind of abnormality in your hamster (especially gastrointestinal signs such as diarrhea or swollen abdomen, loss of appetite, weight loss, and body wasting) I would recommend to take her to your veterinarian for appropriate treatment.