Hamster hair loss
Like all living creatures, Syrian, Dzungarian and other hamsters are sick. That’s just, caring owners immediately notice that something is wrong with their pet. And, inattentive will ignore the problem and start the situation. So that you can safely classify yourself as caring owners of rodents, we suggest you today consider the situation why the hamster is balding. From what this can happen with a rodent, and how to help him in this case?
Internal health problems in living organisms inevitably affect their appearance. Therefore, it is not surprising that when your hamster has health problems, the condition of the coat may change in the area of the eyes, on the abdomen, in the areas of the pelvic limbs, the pet’s hair can become thinner, or even completely fall out. At the same time, it cannot be said that the skin in these areas must be inflamed and irritated, it doesn’t have to have redness, and the hamster may not feel discomfort about its baldness and will not try to comb these areas of the skin at all (find out why the hamster itches). But let the rodent’s calm attitude towards his problem is not misleading. Something happened in the pet’s body, and this “something” triggered the hair loss mechanism. And, if you do not take the necessary measures, the rodent can not only completely lose its coat, but also die.
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Causes of baldness in a hamster
Baldness at the withers of a hamster
So, what could lead to the fact that the hamster suddenly began to go bald in places and the density of its woolen coat has changed? Without conducting special examinations in a veterinary clinic, passing the necessary tests, no experienced veterinarian will be able to answer this question. So, refrain from consultation in absentia, but hurry to show the pet to the veterinarian, only then he will be able to establish the cause, make a diagnosis and prescribe an appropriate course of treatment.
And, here are the reasons that led to the fact that the hamster began to bald, may be the following:
- The rodent could have experienced severe stress associated with moving, your obsessive attention, changing your diet and other, in our opinion, well, not stressful situations at all.
- An excess or lack of vitamins or an improper diet can lead to hair loss (learn how to feed a hamster).
- Often, after a banal food poisoning (how to help a hamster with diarrhea, read here) and severe intoxication of the rodent’s body, the last one drops hair.
- Hair loss may be due to a fungal infection or deprivation.
- The presence of ticks or parasites under the skin of a rodent.
- Age-related changes in the body of a hamster.
Trying to determine the cause yourself, without conducting analyzes (which – we will tell a little lower – is useless). You can make a mistake, and then an incorrectly selected course of treatment can not only not bring results, but also exacerbate the situation and worsen the health of your already balding hamster.
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Diagnosing the causes of hair loss in a hamster
To establish the cause, you must pass tests
As we have already said, no good veterinarian will undertake to diagnose a rodent in absentia. You will need to bring the hamster to the veterinary clinic, where experts will examine his skin under a special lamp and take a skin scraping. You may need to take a blood test.
Only after the results of all analyzes and examinations are ready, you will answer the veterinarian with questions regarding how to feed the pet, how to care for it, and where it lives – it will be possible to make a diagnosis and prescribe treatment.
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Treatment for a balding hamster
Depending on the cause that led to the hamster becoming bald, treatment will be prescribed. If baldness is associated with an improper diet, the veterinarian will recommend that you change the mixture that you feed the rodent and temporarily transfer it to a green diet with the addition of a variety of foods (acceptable for the hamster’s menu). As practice shows, within 1 month the hair on bald areas of the skin will begin to grow, and soon there will be no trace of baldness.
When there is no reason (from the veterinary point of view) for baldness, then most likely the situation is related to the stress experienced by the rodent – in this case, you need to provide comfortable living conditions for the hamster and stop being too intrusive, not bother him with your attention and give the baby recover.
If this is a fungal infection or lichen, here it will be necessary to purchase special antifungal ointments in a veterinary pharmacy, and smear them with balding skin areas …
An allergy can cause hair loss in a hamster
Sometimes, an allergy can also be the cause of a hamster’s baldness. Finding pathogens isn’t so easy, so start with … filler for the cell. Most often, it becomes a source of infection and leads to the development of an allergic reaction. Get rid of sawdust or wood filler, and replace them with paper towels (but not newspapers or magazines!). After that, it will be possible to remove from the cage all porous objects with porous surfaces. pebbles, twigs and replace them with new ones. Also, it will be necessary to disinfect the cage and all its accessories – wheels, feeders, lodge. However, for disinfection, you must use a special tool that you will get in a veterinary pharmacy, and not ordinary bleach. So you only destroy the pet.
If even after such your measures, the baldness in the hamster did not go away, but intensified even more – most likely, the rodent is allergic to some component of his diet. For the time being, exclude fresh fruits and vegetables from the hamster’s menu, temporarily transfer the hamster to dry, high-quality food and clean drinking water.
In the event that several hamsters live in the cage, it is better to isolate what is balding. This is necessary so that he does not infect others if the baldness is infectious or fungal in nature, and in order to exclude the possibility of baldness due to stress because your hamster has not got along with its neighbors. It seems to us, the owners, that hamsters must be friends, but in nature, as in life, there are likes and dislikes, and rodents may not find a common language and cannot stand each other in spirit.
And finally, if your hamster is more than 2 years old, this is a decent age for him, and it is not surprising that some irreversible processes associated with aging can begin in his body. Baldness is one of the symptoms of this process. So, you definitely will not be able to help return the coat and stop the baldness process in an aging hamster. The only thing in your power. this provides him with comfortable living conditions, the right diet.
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Prevention of baldness in hamsters
In order for you and your hamster not to encounter such a situation when your rodent begins to go bald, we recommend that you, as mentioned above, create the most comfortable living conditions for him, adhere to a proper and balanced diet, avoid stressful situations, and follow cleanliness and hygiene of the cell. Then your animal will be alive and healthy, and will delight you.
Today we talked about why a hamster can begin to grow bald, what may be associated with such changes in the density of the coat, and how to cure and prevent baldness in a hamster. We hope that our publication will help to maintain the health of your rodent.
And, did you have to face situations when the hair of your hamster thinned? What preventive measures have you taken to protect your hamster from hair loss? Share your stories with us, and, of course, post photos of your hamsters on the pages of our VKontakte group.