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Pink Eye in Hamsters



Treatment of conjunctivitis may include antibiotic eye drops and oral antibiotics. Before administering eye drops your veterinarian will clean the affected eye and remove discharge with mild saline eyewash.


Living and Management


As always with hamsters, watch your pet's reactions to the medication carefully. Bring the animal in to see the veterinarian regularly and separate it from other hamsters to prevent it from spreading.




Since conjunctivitis in hamsters may occur as a result of bacterial infections, maintaining cleanliness and regularly sanitizing and disinfecting your hamster’s living area can help reduce the levels of infectious organisms and limit the resulting infections. Also, avoid housing hamsters of different age groups together or overcrowding a cage.