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When it comes to the well being and care of my four wonderful hamsters I take it very seriously indeed! I have Trevor Arnold a long haired Syrian, Maud Fanny who is a short haired Syrian, Doris Pearl who is a Russian Dwarf (I lost her twin two days after owning them sadly who I name Edna Deidre) and Reginald Arthur who is also a short haired Syrian. Becuase I had a couple of deaths not so long ago, not just with poor little Edna but a couple of days prior to that I lost Colin Alfred (my first Syrian who was only 10 months old) I decided to take even better care of my pets than ever and I guess nowadays I could seriously be called over the top lol!
One of the things that I learnt when I started a few months back of keeping hamsters was that they can get fleas, mites and a whole heap of creepy crawlies including roundworm. Me, I've never spotted these things such as that on any of my pets and I don't want to so one day when I was in Pets At Home and I spotted this treatment whilst being nosey I decided that I'd spend my cash on it as it really is better to be safe than sorry!
The treatment tubes (I got two in my small box which is one treatment for a Syrian) come in a white box with a photograph of a couple of hamsters on the front and we are told that it is Beaphar Anti-Parasite Spot On 'For Golden Hamsters And Gerbils' and there is a little diagramn shown on how to use it and we are told that it contains Ivermectin amd that it is 'Effective against lice, fleas, mange mites and roundworms for up to 4 weeks'. On the back of the box other information listed includes being told a bit about the product and directions on how to use it are given, we are told how to store the product and contact details for Beahar are given too. Inside, like I say you get two small white plastic tubes and on them we are simply told what they are on each one. Nice enough and very informative packaging this is.
A Bit About The Product According To The Information Given On The Back Of The Box:
Anti-Parasite contain Ivermectin (25ug per pipette) and is effective against roundworms, lice, fleas, mange mites and other mites. It will continue to be effective for up to four weeks from the day of treatment.
How Much Should I use?:
Apply one pipette per 50g bodyweight. This equates to one pipette per gerbil, or two pipettes per Syrian hamster.
All you do with this is twist off the small cap which is to one end of the tube and squeeze out all of the contents on to the back of the neck of your hamster and to just spread it over the back of the neck and between the hair gently with your finger. This has no aroma to it that I can detect and is just like clear, wet water really! It sinks into the hamsters skin and and hair though does take its time to dry and in the meantime the hair does go manky looking for a couple of days but then returns to normal.
I have found that these have no side effects to my Syrians and I did ask if I could use this on my Russian Dwarf (Doris Pearl) if I used only a very tiny amount on her whilst in Pets At Home and although they can't say an outright yes they did say it was up to me but to make sure I used barely any to which I decided I wouldn't use this particular treatment on her after some thought.
Easy to apply, none sticky or fragranced the only problem I had with this treatment is that 2 tubes for a Syrian means I need three boxes of this a month and also I can't use it on Doris my Russian lass and it does make the hair wet for a while and I do worry they will catch colds.
I can report though I have spotted no mites of any kind on my hamsters and I do groom them daily and haven't spotted any kind of worms in their poop either.
All in all I'm pleased that this is a good all round bug buster as many products such as this are just for mites where as this is to prevent worms too....but if you have more than one hammy like I do this could end up being a rather expensive treatment every month!
Available from all good pet shops I paid £3.69 for my pack of two tubes.