Skin issues on hamsters have various causes. These causes have also underlying predisposing factors.
We need to check these predisposing factors in order to maintain and promote skin and coat health.
1. Excessive wetness and dirt on the bedding. This may predispose your hamster on skin problems. We suggest to keep your hamster beddings clean and dry at all times. Check too your hamster's water bottle as drippings may also cause extensive wetness on your hamster cage.
2. Old age on hamster with underlying mites infestations. These cases need to be referred to your veterinarian for proper treatment.
3. If there are more than 2 hamsters, fighting can be a risk factor, as fighting injuries may result to skin problems and infections.
Promoting skin health and issues can be addressed accordingly by your veterinarian based on their appropriate diagnosis. We may suggest too, to provide nutritional supplements (i.e. omega fatty acid supplements) for your pet.
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Eliezer M. Bauzon, DVM RN