If you are worried that one of your pet hamsters is ill or hurt, let us assist you in making the correct diagnosis. We can start to identify your sick hamster’s problem(s) by carefully examining its behaviors and outward appearance.
Signs and symptoms of a injured or sick hamster
Your Hamster’s Behavior Has Changed: It’s important to keep an eye on your hamster and notice how it behaves when it’s having a good day. Recognize the course of your small pets’ days. Watch your wake-up routine; some of the treatment options we offer may involve DIY projects or prescription pet store medications. Is your hamster getting the recommended daily amount of food and liquids?
Interaction Between Your Hamster and You: Next, watch how they behave around you. If you selected yes to any of these questions, your child may be convalescing, hurt, or ill. Has the way it interacts with its fellow hamsters in the room changed in any way? Are your hamsters responsive when you open the cage door? Does your pet in question yawn and stretch as usual?
It would respond normally by perking its ears and glancing in your direction. A sick hamster might become totally unresponsive and show no reaction when the cage door is opened. When it is sick or hurt, it may also cower or become irritable because it may feel exposed. Of course, if your hamster is brand-new, it may be a little reserved at first until it gets used to being handled. How you and your hamsters can stay healthy is suggested by the CDC.
Coat and Fur: A healthy person should have a sleek coat or fur in addition to their satin coat. It might indicate illness if it appears drab or wet. It can also be a sign of illnesses if a coat that is normally rex now has a ruffled or dried-out coat appearance.
Eyes: Bright, alert eyes free of redness indicate a healthy eye. No discharge or crusty areas should exist. They shouldn’t look lifeless or sunken down. It’s important to note how this hamster’s eyes typically appear because some hamster breeds have reddish eyes by nature.
Nose: A dry, non-runny nose is ideal. A runny nose may indicate the presence of a virus or cold.
Mouth: Impacted cheek pouches and overgrown, long teeth, or malocclusion, are two typical signs of a health problem. When food or debris gets lodged in the mouth’s side, it causes an impaction. Both of these have the ability to restrict a hamster’s intake of food and water, which could become a serious problem if the problem is not fixed.
Tail: Not a good sign is a wet hamster tail. This moisture may be either feces or urine. A clear sign that your sick hamster has a serious health problem is if you notice it isn’t moving away from the area where it just went potty. Wet tail drops could be useful.
Once you have identified all the abnormal behaviors and symptoms, move on to the section below to help identify the condition that most closely resembles your hamster’s issue.
The articles that follow offer more details on particular issues, including the symptoms, underlying causes, and recommended course of action.
If you ever have to wonder, “Is my hamster dying?,” do so now. Or if your hamster appears to be critically ill and requires immediate care, we always advise seeking advice from a licensed veterinarian. A veterinarian is qualified to perform medical procedures and/or to prescribe drugs and antibiotics.
By adding up the symptoms that are listed next to each illness, you can focus your search. To effectively treat a condition, a proper diagnosis is crucial. If a medication is needed for a treatment, you must be certain that your hamster has the required condition. Consult a vet if you have any serious concerns.
- Abscesses: lumps and bumps, possible redness or matted hair
- Acariasis Skin Disorder: loss or unkempt hair, scaly or dry skin
- Alopecia Hair Loss: loss of hair
- Anorexia: underweight, unable or not to eating
- Cuts and Scrapes: visible cuts, redness and bleeding
- Diarrhea: runny waste, wet bottom
- Demodex Mites: possible redness or patchy hair loss, constant rubbing
- Eye Problems: red, swollen, watery, gooey or unable to see eyes
- Hind Limb Problems: struggling to use back legs. drags hind legs
- Impacted Cheek Pouches: swollen cheeks, unable to eat
- Intussusception: hunched over, trouble with or not going to the bathroom
- Kidney Disease: possible constant urination, blood in urine, swollen abdomen
- Lumps: physical lumps and bumps, redness, swelling, possible hair thinning
- Malocculusion of Teeth: overgrown teeth, drooling, struggling to eat, swelling
- Mastitis Mammary Infection: swollen or bluish mammary glands, possible blood discharge
- Obesity: overweight, lazy
- Overgrown Toenails: long toenails curling inward, difficulty walking, possible redness or swelling
- Rabies: (it’s rare) excitable, aggression, convulsions
- Respiratory Infections: sneezing, runny nose, issues breathing, lethargy, dull coat, shivering, hunched over
- Ringworm Fungus: patchy hair loss, dry, flaky, yellowish skin
- Sarcoptic Mange: itchy, scabby, crusty patchy skin
- Skin Sores: raw, red, open wounds with possible bleeding
- Wet Tail Disease: runny stools and a wet bottom
- Worms: anorexia, diarrhea, constipation, tiny worms in feces
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