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Itchy hamster.

Species: Other
Breed: hamster
Age: 3-6 months
What happens if my hamster is licking itself a lot of scratching itself? Also, what if it is hyper and quick and energetic? Is that bad? One more thing...how often do hamsters get sick?




Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

Hi Ivna! Hamsters often do groom themselves frequently. However, if you have noticed that your hamster is suddenly licking and scratching more than usual then there may be something going on.

Hamsters can get some parasites such as mites (demodex and sarcoptic mange), or ringworm which is a fungal infection. All of these conditions should cause some skin lesions or hair loss. If you think she may have one of these conditions then a vet visit is a good idea.

An energentic hamster is a good thing!

Hmm...how often do hamsters get sick? Well, usually I only see sick hamsters if they are old and dying. Hamsters do not handle illness well and when they do get sick they often don't survive (but that is not always the case!).

Hope princess is ok!

Dr. Marie.

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