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E. coli Infection in Hamsters



Your veterinarian will administer antibiotics orally or parenterally to control the E. coli infection. Additionally, if the hamster is dehydrated, he or she may provide fluids and electrolytes orally or via injections.


Living and Management


Because of its highly contagious nature, maintaining a proper and regularly cleaned living area is of vital importance for managing colibacillosis infection in hamsters. Separate infected hamsters from those that are not, and follow any other instructions given by your veterinarian.




Colibacillosis infection in hamsters can be prevented to a great extent by maintaining good sanitary conditions in the cage(s). Disposing of used bedding matter carefully is also necessary to limit spread of E. coli.