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Injuries and Ailments of Hamsters

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Injuries and Ailments of Hamsters

In general, hamsters (especially those in the wild) are robust little animals and aren't affected by many natural diseases. But, they are very susceptible to the infectious diseases of other animals, including humans. Many of the problems and ailments now associated with hamsters are a direct result of captivity.

Because they are small, a minor illness can rapidly become major if immediate treatment isn't pursued. Since they are nocturnal many of the early signs of illness are not noticed. To insure good health, hamsters should be checked regularly: to include eating habits, exercise habits, teeth, limbs, body check for lumps, cuts and abrasions, etc. etc.

A sick hamster generally becomes irritable and "bitey." They frequently become lethargic or walk almost stiff-legged if forced to move or may sit in a "hunched" position. The eyes are usually dull, sunken and sometimes watery. And, they don't eat much, which results in weight loss.

SYMPTOM POSSIBLE CAUSE

Blood in Urine Bladder & Kidney Infection

Bloody Diarrhea Intussusception

Breathing Heavy Shock - Colds & Influenza

Broken Limb Broken Limb

Bulging Anus Constipation - Intussusception - Rectal Prolapse

Closed Eye(s) Impacted Pouch - Irritated Eyes

Constipation Endoparasites

Crusty Lesions in ears, face, feet Ear Mites

Cuts & Bites Abscesses - Cuts & Bites

Dragging Hind Quarters Broken Limb - Cage Paralysis - Hind Limb Paralysis

Dry Scaly Skin Demodicosis - Mange - Mites - Ringworm - Sarcoptic Mange

Eating Babies Cannibalism

Eggs in Feces Endoparasites

Excessive Drinking Bladder & Kidney Infection - Diabetes

Extreme Diarrhea Tyzzer's Disease - Wet Tail

Eye Rupture Eye Prolapse
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