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syrian hamster with hair loss

aspecht

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I have a male syrian hamster. I believe he is about five months old. When I fed him tonight I noticed two bald patches behind his haunches, on his sides. Im quite concerned. Does anyone know what could be causing this?!
 

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I don't know what the problem is sorry, but you could try posting on Hamster Hideout?
 

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Your hamster may have mites, or wet tail. He may also have an allergy to the type of bedding that you are using.
 

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Is he stressed? has he had any major changes, I know that they can stress pick sometimes.
 

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Ive used the same bedding since I adopted him. Im guessing not stress. He lives a life pf leasure lol. Could it be from rubbing on the sides of his hidey?
 

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Ive given him a full cage cleanout and he had some egg today. The spots dont seem to be changung.
 

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Do not use cedar or pine shavings..they are not good for the hamster breathing and also could cause skin problems from the oils in the shavings..The best is Carefresh ..this is what we use for ours.
 

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They usually don't rub themselves intentionally. I agree with RodentsRus, but I would also add clean and cozy as an option. You may want to consider taking your little guy to a vet to be looked at if he still isn't better.
 

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I agree a vet visit is in need and also for the bedding as I was mentioning I found that the best is carefresh is my personal favorite and have been using it for years..also forgot to mention never give your pet hammie the fluffy material that they pet shops say that hamster love to make a nest with..It can get ingested and cause ALOT of problems ..the safest nesting material is plain ripped up toilet paper :)
 

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Those might be scent glands. Are there one small patch on each hip (2 in total)? You can look on Google for images. If it's scent glands, there is no need to go to the vet.
 

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Scent glands are normally darker skin than the rest of the hamster skin color also if there is fur loss it could be mites I have had it with mine and it was treated successfully better safe than sorry.
 

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He is and has been on Carefresh and Aspen. The skin under it is darker than the rest of him. Looks like moles almost where thr hair loss is. It hasnt changed or gotten worse so my vet said he wouldnt worry about it.
 
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