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Inflammation of Mammary Gland in Hamsters



Antibiotics are typically administered by a veterinarian to help control the infection. Anti-inflammatory and antihistaminic agents are also provided to help reduce the inflammation. If the wounds are severe, they may require cleaning, dressing, and the application of antibiotic and/or antiseptic ointments.


Living and Management


If your hamster is nursing, frequently check her mammary glands for injuries caused by the suckling young pups. Once mastitis is confirmed, the mother hamster should not be allowed to nurse. Instead, the pups can be nursed by another nursing female or hand fed. Additionally, follow the antibiotic and wound dressing regimen, as directed by your veterinarian.




To help prevent mastitis, maintain clean living quarters for your hamster and only buy bedding that will not cause irritation.