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Hamster

Handling and restraint





To initially restrain a hamster, the animal can be placed beneath the palm of one hand.










The hamster can then be restrained by the scruff starting with the skin near the front of the shoulders.






The scruff can be grasped between the thumb and forefinger whilst maintaining a grip on the tail. The animal is then secure and can be examined or injected safely.


Handling for injection








The hamster can be restrained by the scruff for intraperitoneal and subcutaneous injections.











Injection techniques for the hamster are similar to those previously discussed for the gerbil.
  
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