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When it comes to the health and well being of my five hamsters there is pretty much nothing I won't treat them to. Until last night (when my beautiful female hamster, Maud) died after not being well for a few days. I was aware she was run down and not right in herself for the past few days and did my absolute best for her. After owning hamsters a while now though I knew in my heart that there was little point in going to the vet and that basically I just needed to keep her warm and safe. Last night I knew I was getting up to her being gone and my instinct was sadly right. Like I say though I knew she off wack. Recently having 11 babies and 7 of them dying and us moving home had all taken its toll on her and a couple of weeks ago I spotted and bought this product in pets at home costing me £3.49 for a 75ml white plastic bottle of it which I initially thought was rather expensive really but like I say Maud was run down only a bit at the time and I thought it wouldn't hurt to try her and my other 4 hammies on it. So the bottle has a screw on/off lid to the top of it and a small dropper which is easy to use and then on the front of it we are shown a photograph of a hamster and told that it contains vitamins B, C, E, K and to just add it to water. We are also told that this of course is suitable for hamsters however it is also suitable for administering to Chipmunks, Dwarf Hamsters, Gerbils, Hamsters, Mice and Rats as well and instructions for doing this are on the back of the bottle along with the size being given (as I have listed already) and contact details for Pets A Home are given. Nice easy understand instructions are given on this and its simple to use as well thankfully. Using It: Using it is rather simple. Simply make sure you have 1 cap/lidful of the orange, transparent liquid that smells vaguely of vegetables to about 75ml of water and thats it. I noticed the water didn't really change colour or anything like that and thats it job done. I was concerned my lot would stop drinking, but no they didn't at all there was no difference! Verdict: I can't say that this vitamin cocktail hurt my hamsters however I never noticed any significance to their health at all and yep my little Maud Francis still past away anyway. I didn't notice they were more bright eyed and bushy tailed or anything anyway...whether they felt better, well they can't tell me so I guess I'll never know! I tend to think giving them a healthy and varied diet is better than spending out cash on something that you can't see is working for the and so for that reason I won't be buying it again. Available from all good pet shops.
Although this product has 'hamster' in the title, that is actually somewhat deceptive as the product is also intended for gerbils and rats. It contains a number of vitamins (B, C, E and K) and is intended to promote good health. The product comes in a white plastic bottle with a label around it giving instructions for use - namely add to your pets water or food. There's 75ml of the 'solution' and you use 30 drops of it per 100ml of water. As the bottle isn't see through it's hard to see how much you've got left however I have been using this for about a month now and judging by the weight of it, I think there's about half a bottle left (I use it for 2 cages of rats). Price wise you can get pick this up for £3.49 which is a little expensive, however it does last a good while depending on how many animals you have. I bought this because rats are quite prone to illnesses and one of mine recently had some breathing troubles so I thought I'd give anything a try to keep my ratties in tip top condition. This was the only product of it's type that I saw (and I used to worked in Pets at Home) so I picked up a bottle to try out. Upon opening the bottle (screw top lid) you see a small hole through which to dispense the drops. There is quite a strong smell to the fluid which reminds me (oddly enough) of vegetarian gravy and it's orange in colour. I haven't tried adding it to food although I was apprehensive that adding it to their drinking water would put my rats off, but it doesn't seem to bother them. Unfortunately this is one of those products that you can't really say for certain whether or not it works. I suppose I could give the solution to one cage of rats and not the other and then decide effectiveness based on what each rat from each cage ends up dying of, but that would be a long experiment (a good couple of years) and not a particularly accurate one! All of my rats are in good health at present but that could just as well have been the case if I hadn't used this product although it does make me feel a bit better that I'm doing everything I can to try and maintain their health. Overall I'm not sure whether or not I'd recommend it - to a certain extent it could give you peace of mind and you may want to give it a try if your rats are getting on a bit or are ill, after all it won't do any harm.