Over the winter it’s perfectly natural for a hamster to go into a state of hibernation. During the winter months when temperatures drop, hamsters can slow their metabolism and just go to sleep. Breathing can reduce and the heart rate will drop.

To check their vital signs:

* Watch your hamster closely for several minutes. Breathing reduces to one breath every two minutes.

* Place your forefinger and thumb on either side of the hamsters chest above the elbows. Apply the same amount of pressure you would to stop your hamster running away without hurting it. After a minute or so you should start to feel a pulse.

* To help warm your hamster up, hold them close to your body for heat or fill a hot water bottle up and wrap your hamster in a blanket and place him next to it NOT directly on it.

* If your hamster feels cold don’t assume he’s dead as they adapt their body temperature to match the environment.

If you are at all concerned please call us and make an appointment with one of our vets.

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