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There are countless rich and informative resources for hamster care on the web, but unfortunately there are just as many sites that recommend questionable care. Please use this page as a directory of credible research and advice. We hope it helps you to find the answers you need.
Arroyo Vista Veterinary Hospital (All of the doctors are fantastic!)
476 West Los Angeles Avenue, Suite B9
Serrano Animal and Bird Hospital
Dr. Sydney Pokard
22377 El Toro Rd
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Other Exotic Vets
Animal Urgent Care of South Orange County
28085 Hillcrest Drive
Mission Viejo, CA
(Note this vet is mainly for dire emergencies. They are not experienced with exotics)
PetPoint Veterinary Clinic - Extended evening hours and open Sundays
2505 Da Vinci
Irvine, CA 92614
Exotic Animal Care
171 N Altadena Dr Suite 120
Pasadena, CA 91107
Long Beach Animal Hospital
3816 E. Anaheim St.
Long Beach, Ca
ACCESS – SOUTH BAY (24 hours)
2551 W. 190th St., Torrance, CA 90504
Tel: (310) 320-8300
ACCESS – LOS ANGELES (24 hours)
9599 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232
Tel: (310) 558-6100
ACCESS - SAN FERNANDO VALLEY (24 Hours)
20051 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91364
Tel: (818) 887-2262
If these veterinarians are not in your area (including folks from out of state/country), please follow this link. It will take you to a form to search for bird veterinarians, who also often see exotic animals. Just call and ask first!
Groups to Join
Erin and Tony are admins of several awesome facebook groups! You should totally join them.
The largest hamster group on Facebook, with close to 30k members. There is only a very small team of admins who are all experts in the field.
Run by Alex of The Pipsqueakery, an awesome small animal rescue in Indiana.
We made a group just for our awesome adopters so that we can all keep in touch!
Though we are not admins, we do highly recommend Ham-Ham Love! It is a lighthearted group for sharing info and photos.
Tip: Pink links indicate that the article was written by us, black links indicate another source.
Benefits of deep bedding
Does Your Hamster Need a Manicure? (Unfortunately, this site is old and the photos are now unavailable. But the info is still accurate!)
Chocolate is safe!
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