Can You Use Neosporin on Hamster? {What You Should Use Instead}

My hamster’s wound is healing on its own, but I know that Neosporin helps speed up healing on my own cuts. Can you use Neosporin on Hamster? If you’re not sure, you’ve come to the right place.

Are there any dangers of Neosporin for hamsters? How do I stop my hamster from scratching a wound?

In this article, we will look into antibiotic ointment treatment for hamsters and we’d like to share this information with you.

Can You Use Neosporin on Hamster?

Minor cuts, scrapes and abrasions can be treated with Neosporin. However, it is not advised to apply this product intended for humans on the sensitive skin of hamsters. There are mixed opinions on this subject with no real consensus are agreement.

The active ingredients are neomycin and polymyxin B, and these are deemed toxic for hamsters. The fear is that your hamster will inevitably ingest some of the residue when applying Neosporin on their wound which could cause serious health issues.

How Do I Stop My Hamster From Scratching a Wound?

If your hamster has a wound, applying petroleum jelly like Vaseline, can help stop the scratching. This substance is safer to use than Neosporin and can help to hydrate the skin while the wound heals underneath.

A little goes a long way, so try not to use too much petroleum jelly and only apply it once or twice a day on your hamster’s wound.

How Long Do Hamster Wounds Take To Heal?

If the wound on your hamster is not too large and doesn’t need a visit to the vet, all you need to do is make sure that your hamster doesn’t scratch and lick it too much which would inevitably make it worse.

If the wound is left to heal, it should do so fully in about 2 weeks. Wounds are stressed or non-stressed. Apply some petroleum jelly to stop the scratching and dry cracking of the wound to help speed up healing.

Can I Put Coconut Oil on My Hamster?

Coconut oil helps to keep the wound on your hamster by keeping it hydrated. The only issue is that your hamster may enjoy the taste and constantly lick it if reachable. It is natural and helpful for minor cuts and skin irritations.

Coconut oil can moisturize the fur externally and is non-toxic when ingested. I would recommend coconut oil based on my experience with hamsters and guinea pigs who responded well to it. It had kept their minor scratches and wounds moist and able to heal properly.

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Can I Put Antibiotic Ointment on My Hamster?

Small amounts may be used. Experienced veterinarians would agree and would apply ointments on wounds for the animals they treat.

The only issue is using too much and watching your hamster ingesting it by constantly licking at it. Keep your hamster entertained with other chew toys and distractions in order to leave the Neosporin or other brands of antibiotic ointment on their skin alone.

The Benefits of Neosporin for Hamsters

Neosporin with a tiny dab on a hamster’s wound is recommended by some vet’s and discouraged by others. There is no clear consensus on this.

The active ingredients are toxic if ingested, but you might be able to distract your hamster for a while until the ointment seeps in and dissipates.

Leaving a clump of it on their skin could lead to excess amounts becoming more enticing to lick off. Clean the wound first with soap and water then apply the smallest amount to speed up healing.

The Dangers of Neosporin for Hamsters

Neosporin was never intended to be used on small rodents. Nevertheless, there are plenty of experienced professionals who say that a tiny dab could be effective as long as your hamster is not ingesting it with copious licks when too much is applied.

Neomycin and polymyxin B are toxic for your hamster. If you notice the skin swelling or your hamster or they are having difficulty breathing, stop using it and go to the vet for immediate help.

What Can I Put on a Hamster Wound?

You can try to apply natural soap and water first to clean a hamster’s wound. There are topical antiseptics like betadine that may work in small amounts but be careful that your hamster doesn’t ingest it.

Here are some other suggestions that helpful members of the hamster community along with veterinarians have recommended and shared for hamster wounds:

  • Coconut oil
  • Tea tree oil hydrogen peroxide
  • Salt water solution
  • Saline water
  • Vaseline (petroleum jelly)

We hope your hamster recovers soon and you think twice about Neosporin unless your vet recommends it. There are plenty of other options.


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