Hi stranger! Signing up for MypetMD is easy, free and puts the most relevant content at your fingertips.

Get Instant Access To

  • 24/7 alerts for pet-related recalls

  • Your own library of articles, blogs, and favorite pet names

  • Tools designed to keep your pets happy and healthy



or Connect with Facebook

By joining petMD, you agree to the Privacy Policy.

Pet Family

Tapeworms in Hamsters

Treatment

 

Endoparasitic infection is easily treatable and several specially formulated anthelminthic drugs are available to kill tapeworms. They can be administered to your hamster by either mixing it with feed or water.

 

Hamsters with a heavy endoparasitic infection or those that have gone undiagnosed for a long time may require fluid and electrolyte therapy. Your veterinarian may also recommend giving the hamster vitamin and mineral supplements to improve the animal's body condition.

 

Living and Management

 

Follow the supportive care regimen as set forth by your veterinarian to help your hamster overcome tapeworm infection quickly and completely. Thoroughly clean and disinfect the hamster's living area before reintroducing it into the environment. Tapeworm eggs, though invisible by the naked eye, may be laying on bedding material or in the water and feed.

 

Prevention

 

In addition to maintaining proper sanitation techniques, bringing the hamster to your veterinarian for regular deworming appointments is the best way of preventing incidences of tapeworm infections.

Comments  0

Leave Comment

Related Articles

Intestinal Parasites in Rats
Worms, or helminths, are parasites that inhabit the gastrointestinal tract in rats....
READ MORE
Diarrhea in Guinea Pigs
Diarrhea often occurs as a symptom of a secondary condition,...
READ MORE
Pinworms in Gerbils
Endoparasitic Worm Infection   There are many different...
READ MORE
  • Lifetime Credits:
  • Today's Credits:
Hurry Before All Seats are Taken!
Enroll
Be an A++ Pet Parent! Take fun & free courses to earn badges & certifications. Choose a course»

PETMD POLL

What do you use to prevent ticks from feeding on your pet?

Around the Web

MORE FROM PETMD.COM