Hamsters are usually small, healthy animals. Most owners of
creatures feel bad after their hamster has died, but they shouldn't.
Normally they only live for two years. Start spending more time with your
hamster because they could get sick anytime. Make sure your
eating and drinking normally, and it is best to check their teeth,
and nails. Even if you take good care of your hamster they could still
get sick. If you ever get worried about your hamster be sure to talk
your vet. Here are some sicknesses your hamster is capable of getting.
DIARRHEA change in your hamsters diet can cause diarrhea. DO NOT
your hamster raisins or citrus fruit. Your hamster will have staining
around his or her bottom. If your hamster has diarrhea then he or she
dehydrate. If you pinch some of your hamsters skin lightly and it folds
back into place then your hamster is well hydrated. If it doesn't fold
back into place you need to inform your vet.
ABSCESSES These are closed swellings filled with pus that you see
your hamster has been bitten or injured. When these appear you need to
bathe your hamster in a warm bath with a salt solution. You need to mix
teaspoon of salt with a pint of water. Clip your hamsters fur around the
abscesses and keep it exposed until the pus has drained away. Talk to
your vet if the abscesses do not heal in a few days.
HIBERNATION If the temperature drops or when there are days when
is no sunlight your hamster may hibernate. Your hamster may appear to
dead. If your hamster is cold, stiff, or immobile, he or she MIGHT not
dead. Try to find a way to heat your hamster up if you want him or her
wake up. Make sure you don't overheat your hamster.
HEATSTROKE Hamsters that become too hot become unconscious . Taking
to a shady spot or putting in a cold bowl of water may help. As your
hamster cools off he or she will regain consciousness. DO NOT put your
hamsters head in the water.
CONSTIPATION This is not common to most hamsters but it is serious.
hamster will suffer some discomfort. Clean water and fresh greens will
usually cure constipation.
SKIN DISEASE If your hamster has scaly skin or if your hamster
hair he or she may have a skin disease. Your hamster can be taken to the
vet and your vet will examine your hamster.
WET TAIL If your hamster has wet tail , he or she will get very sick.
This usually attacks young hamsters. Wet tail normally causes death.
disease can be caused by stress from breeding too early. You can take
your hamster to the vet but treatmentis rarely successful.
TIZZER'S DISEASE This disease is usually caused by wild mice and
normally causes death. Mice can contaminate products that your hamster
uses. Try to keep wild mice out of your house.
If your hamster has any accidents contact your vet.