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Lumpy Jaw in Hamsters



Your veterinarian will attempt to lance and drain the abscess(es). In addition to sodium iodide, which is given orally, there are some antibiotics that are thought to be effective in treating actinomycosis in hamsters. Consult your veterinarian for the best course of treatment in your hamster's case.


Living and Management


While recovering from actinomycosis, the hamster must be separated from other hamsters and housed in a clean and calm environment. Its diet should consist of soft foods that are easily chewed and digested. You may even want to first mash the food.




Isolation of an infected hamster and providing prompt treatment helps in preventing the spread of this bacterial infection to other pets.