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Is hamster bite harmful?

8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Tanya Russo
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Puncture wound

The long sharp teeth of hamsters can create quite a painful puncture wound.
Puncture wounds are very prone to infection. Rarely, the teeth can make it to the bone of a finger in small children, further increasing the risk. Local wound care (washing with soap and water several times per day) is necessary, and treatment with antibiotics possible.

In brief: Puncture wound

The long sharp teeth of hamsters can create quite a painful puncture wound.
Puncture wounds are very prone to infection. Rarely, the teeth can make it to the bone of a finger in small children, further increasing the risk. Local wound care (washing with soap and water several times per day) is necessary, and treatment with antibiotics possible.
Dr. Tanya Russo
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Dr. Eric Kelts
But watch out for rabbits, particularly if you don't have a "Holy Hand Grenade" available. Viscous, nasty creatures.... Sorry, I thought a little comic relief might be in order..... :)
Dr. Eric Kelts
That was a "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" reference for you young whippersnappers out there.
Dr. Katharine Cox
Pediatrics - Emergency Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not usually

Most hamster bites require thorough cleaning initially.
Make sure your tetanus is up to date. Your physician will likely place you on an antibiotic to prevent infection. If your hamster has been unwell it may be more complicated. So,e hamsters have been known to carry rarer infections. If you get sick, get checked and let your doctor know about the bite.

In brief: Not usually

Most hamster bites require thorough cleaning initially.
Make sure your tetanus is up to date. Your physician will likely place you on an antibiotic to prevent infection. If your hamster has been unwell it may be more complicated. So,e hamsters have been known to carry rarer infections. If you get sick, get checked and let your doctor know about the bite.
Dr. Katharine Cox
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Hamster

Not usually BUT hamsters can directly or indirectly transmit Rabies, Tularemia, Salmonellosis, Lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus, Dermatophytosis (ringworm, dermatomycosis), Rodentolepiasis and Hymenolepiasis (tapeworms).

In brief: Hamster

Not usually BUT hamsters can directly or indirectly transmit Rabies, Tularemia, Salmonellosis, Lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus, Dermatophytosis (ringworm, dermatomycosis), Rodentolepiasis and Hymenolepiasis (tapeworms).
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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In brief: Rare if pet

wash the affected area with warm water and antibacterial soap.
Apply neosporin or bacitracin ointment and bandaid and check daily for changes suggestive of infection-red, tender and swelling/discharge.

In brief: Rare if pet

wash the affected area with warm water and antibacterial soap.
Apply neosporin or bacitracin ointment and bandaid and check daily for changes suggestive of infection-red, tender and swelling/discharge.
Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
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