Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Thanking An Awesome, Hamster-Knowledgeable Veterinarian

By Catya
Catya is a judge with the California Hamster Association. She shares her experiences in hamster ownership from a high school student's perspective.

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Andrea Glasser DVM
Dr. Glasser's patients, such as my hamster, are always comfortable with her.
Andrea Glasser DVM
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Dr. Glasser and I take a closer look at the cyst on the ear of my hamster Lassie.

Hey, everybody! I’m back from Arizona, and I’m hoping you’re all having a great summer and staying cool! Last week, I took Lassie my Roborovski hamster to the vet. She has a bit of a cyst on her ear that needed to be checked. While I was at the vet’s office, I realized that this might be the last time I see my vet before I go off to school.

I’ve been so lucky all these years to have such an amazing vet to take care of my hamsters when they’re not well. Not many people bring their hamsters to the vet, sadly, and that means that vets don’t often have much experience with hamsters. Because of this, not a lot of vets know the ins and outs of taking care of sick hamsters. But my vet, Dr. Andrea Glasser, is a real hamster pro.

Dr. Glasser can handle even the most nervous and skittish Roborovski hamster. She can get them to hold still long enough to trim their teeth, or listen to their heartbeat, or examine any health issue. She’s incredibly gentle with them, and she really knows her stuff. She knows which kinds of pain medicines and antibiotics are safe for my hamsters, and how to treat every hamster ailment we’ve seen.

Because I’ve had so many hamsters over the years, I’ve often brought in hamsters who lived long enough to get health problems most vets and hamster owners have never heard of before! But Dr. Glasser was able to figure out what was wrong, and she did an amazing job of helping the hamsters get better.

Dr. Glasser is also very sensitive and understanding when there’s nothing more that anyone can do to help a sick hamster. Anytime that I’ve had to have a hamster put to sleep, she was extremely careful and gentle with the hamster and made sure that they didn’t feel any pain. Her rapport with them sets them at ease, and they don’t feel afraid.

All through my research project, she was really interested, and encouraged and supported me. She asked for a copy of my finished paper and was always eager to hear how the project was going. She was glad to listen to any observations I made on hamster aging or behavior along the way.

Try as I might, I can’t really express how lucky my hamsters and I have been to know Dr. Glasser, and how fortunate I am to have someone as skilled and sensitive as her taking care of my hamsters.

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