Most hamsters can be classed as geriatric from 18 months old, for some it is 2 years old. You will be very lucky if your hamster lives to be 3 year old!
Once your pet reaches the ripe age of 18 months your veterinarian will recommend they have a regular Health Check every 3 to 6 months.
As with their regular health check, please make sure you know the brands of foods your pet is on, including any supplements that have been added into the diet and any long-term medications that may have been prescribed by another veterinarian.
Please try to bring in samples of their urine and faeces from that morning if you can.
Ideally we would also like to see a photo of the cage set up.
At this regular ‘Health Check’ we will assess their overall body condition, muscle and fat levels, hydration levels and check for signs of anaemia.
We will check the condition of their eyes, ears, including their incisor teeth and cheek pouches.
We will feel the lymph nodes, check their scent glands, palpate the abdomen for any abnormalities and listen to the heart and lungs.
We will examine them for signs of parasites, assess their skin, look for any pressure sores on the feet and also assess the nail length.
Once we have examined your pet hopefully we will have found nothing seriously wrong, and the veterinarian will then make whatever recommendations they think are necessary for the diet and care of your pet hamster.