Black spot on Hamster's skin.
Age: 2-5 years
my hamster has a black spot under his hair.should he have this?????????????. he is a golden hamster and my hamster is coming 3 years of age should i buy him a new cage???????
Dr. Marie replied:
It's tough to answer this question without seeing your hamster. However I am wondering if what you are seeing is a scent gland.
Golden (syrian) hamsters have scent glands on either side of their body. I have had several clients who had hamsters whose scent glands were mistaken for a wound or growth. Scent glands are totally normal and don't need to be treated.
Sometimes scent glands can get infected. So, if you think this spot is bothersome then it is worthwhile to have your vet take a look.
Hamsters can also get growths and skin wounds. But, my guess is that this is a scent gland.
I hope everything is ok!
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