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Hi, I would like to know if there is an alternative to mite spray or chinchilla sand if it is rarely found in South Africa? My hamsters both itch and scratches a lot and I could determine that it is because of skin mites.

Until the hamsters have been seen by a vet you cannot guarantee that the scratching is due to mites. scratching can also be due to overheating or allergies to material or bedding or even possible food allergies.
the other treatment for mites through a vet is an injection or drops on the neck of the hamsters of ivormectin. the drops sold in a tube are sold in petshops now and over the internet by a company called beapher. I do not recommend treating any animal though until a ailment has been cobfirmed through veterinary tests as treating with the wrong treatment can make an ailment worse or can in some cases of small animals result in death.

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K L Gardner


I have hands on experience in caring for Rabbits and Rodents for over 20 years, as well as pet store supervisory experience including overlooking the treatment of sick or injured animals. Rabbits and Guinea Pigs and Rodents are my speciality. I have kept everything from Dwarf breeds to Continental Giant Rabbits and various varieties of Guinea Pig and other rodents including Rats, Gerbils, Mice, Degu, Chinchilla, Dwarf Hamster, Syrian Hamster. I can give advice on husbandry, breeding, housing, diet, retail law, general buying your pet and what to look out for and health problems. I can also advise on bonding Rabbits and Guinea Pigs and other rodents. I do advise that if your pet has an ailment that your priority is veterinary help but i will answer questions where i can on pets undergoing treatment by a vet where a diagnoses has been issued. Ailments do need inspection by a trained vet to diagnose any health problems


I am certified in: Animal nutrition and pet care/store management level 3. This includes animal husbandry, hygiene, retail and animal welfare law, lagomorphs (Rabbits), Rodents (Cavies/Guinea Pigs Rats and mice and the alike), Reptiles and Aquatics. I have also attended a Reptile keeping course. I am also certified in general retail and retail law. I am at present writing books on both Rabbits and Guinea pigs I have Rabbit and Guinea pig keeping and rescuing experience


7 GCSE's Further educated in office computer studies,retail and pet care Educated to store management level in pet care Educated in reptile care Educated in pet nutrition

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Certificates in Office studies-CLAIT and IBT2 Retail NVQ2 Pet care/Store Management certificates including retail law and pet acts LEVEL 3 Pet nutrition including exotic pets, cats and dogs Reptile husbandry

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