Can You Use Polysporin On Hamsters? {Safe To Use?}

Is your hamsters sore or wounded?

Will Polysporin do more harm than good?

In this article, we’ll discuss if Polysporin should be recommended or applied on hamsters.

Can You Use Polysporin On Hamsters? 

Yes you can use Polysporin or Neosporin on hamsters. Make sure to only use a small dose and keep well clear of their eyes, apply with only the end of a Q-Tip.

Seek a second opinion from your hamster’s vet if you do not feel comfortable applying antibiotics or antiseptics.

What Are The Active Ingredients In Polysporin?

Polysporin is an antibiotic ointment used for minor wounds such as:

  • cuts
  • scrapes
  • burns
  • sores
  • mild skin infections

Polysporin does not contain neomycin. The 3 active ingredients are:

  • Polymyxin B Sulfate
  • Bacitracin Zinc
  • Gramicidin

What Is The Difference Between Neosporin And Polysporin?

Neosporin contains neomycin, but Polysporin does not. Polysporin’s main two ingredients are also shared by Neosporin which is bacitracin zinc and polymyxin B sulfate.

Can I Use Neosporin On My Hamster?

This is the million dollar question of the day. You will read opposing opinions, but the most important one comes from your trusted vet who takes care of your hamster in times of need.

They might not suggest Polysporin or any ointment that contains neomycin and bacitracin.

They are life threatening chemicals that could cause stomach issues, or fatalities in hamsters who are sensitive to them if ingested or applied their eyes.

Other vets will ask you to proceed with caution and only apply a very thin film by using a tiny dab on the end of a Q-Tip.

Do not overuse if the area affected is not showing any recovery in 2-3 days. Stop its use and ask your hamster’s vet for more information or alternatives.

Can I Put Antibiotic Cream On My Hamster?

Hamsters are very sensitive to any form of internal or topical antibiotics. Apply or administer them with extreme caution. Start with a spot cleaning of any skin issues with lukewarm water on a cotton ball.

Alternative therapies include spot cleaning with green tea as well, but the effects or claims of its success with treating wounds are unproven and cannot be supported with scientific evidence.

Polysporin is a popular antibiotic cream designed for humans, but very tiny doses have been used for hamsters or other pets with relative success for mild cases.

What Can I Put On A Hamster’s Cut?

If your poor little companion has suffered a cut or wound, you would like to help in any way possible. Start with a gentle application of warm water on a Q-tip or cotton ball.

The following products intended for humans should be avoided if possible:

  • plasters
  • bandages
  • antiseptics
  • creams

A wound that that is bleeding might need a vet’s assistance if it’s deep. Using Polysporin is debatable due to its inception and creation for humans only.

Hamsters who receive topical ointments must be kept as far from their faces as possible as they will try to lick it off. Discourage licking and keep your hamster busy with a sunflower seed or other treats instead.

How Do You Treat A Hamster’s Skin Infection?

Although we have some experience working closely with vets, we are not medical professionals who can treat skin infections.

Once an infection has set, it’s a virus or bacterial infliction that could be developing fluids under the skin. Your hamster’s vet will decide on the course of treatment ranging from:

  • hydrating liquids
  • supplements
  • antibiotics

You will not be able to treat a spreading infection by yourself. Keep the area clean and your hands as well to not transfer any infection to yourself.

What Antibiotics Can Hamsters Take?

We are not able to provide a complete list of antibiotics suitable for hamsters without a prescription. Your hamster’s vet has the following choices of antibiotic treatments available to administer and prescribe and possibly more.

Here are some of the medications available:

  • doxycycline
  • enrofloxacin
  • trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole

Why Is My Hamster’s Fur Sticking Up?

There many possible reasons why your hamster looks like he or she just woke out of bed. Here are some reasons why your hamster’s fur is sticking up:

  • lack of grooming
  • allergies
  • ringworm
  • mites
  • skin infection

If your hamster is itchy or constantly scratching, then the condition could be getting worse. Diagnosing the problem if its persists will be hard to do on your own.

Your fellow hamster enthusiasts try to help in any way they can by examining any photos you might upload in forum communities.

But we are not going to be able to prescribe treatment from afar. Seek a vet’s help if grooming is not the issue.

What’s Wrong With My Hamster’s Eyes?

Your hamster may be experiencing common eye issues that could lead to crusting around the area or worse. Applying ointments or petroleum jelly is not advised.

The following cases occur with hamsters and need treatment:

  • Conjunctivitis
  • Ulcers
  • Proptosis

1. Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis is also known commonly as pink eye. It’s an infection that causes drainage. A vet will help to prescribe something better than Polysporin which will only worsen the issue.

2. Ulcers

An ulcer could develop on your hamster if the eye is constantly scratched out of irritation. Rubbing, cloudiness or shutting of the eye are common symptoms. It needs to be sorted out sooner than later before it gets worse.

3. Proptosis

Proptosis is a scary situation when the eye is forcing its way out of the socket. Your hamster may have squeezed or pushed too hard. It’s an emergency and needs urgent assistance.

Do not use Polysporin or antispetics in any of the cases above. Refrain from applying ointments anywhere near the eyes, face or mouth.


We cannot advocate the use of Polysporin in this article. It simply wouldn’t be responsible of us to do so. Handle with caution if you proceed to do so.

Apply a thin layer to minor wounds away from your hamster’s face and give treats for your hamster to chew on while the ointment dries.


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