Hamster’s health issues that you need to know about (10 most common diseases of hamsters)
Hamsters are common household small pets. These small pets have not longer life span, so they only live for 2-3 yeas. You can get hamsters in different colors like black, brown, white, grey, etc.
When you will bring a hamster in your home, the first thing which will come in your mind is how to care for your hamster and how to keep away from illnesses?
Just like us, the hamster can also fell sick, so you have to take care of them. Hamsters can suffer from different health problems. Here we have some common health issues that a hamster can be. If your hamsters have problems to take a breath, he is in pain or bleeding. So you should take your hamster to the veterinary.
As with all pets, if you think something is not right with your hamster, then we strongly recommend you to look for veterinary advice. If you are not sure whether you can treat the issue at home or if you have made the correct analysis, then a vet will usually be able to help you.
10 most common diseases of hamsters
- Coughs and Colds
- Cancer and tumors
- Respiratory infections
- Heart Disease
- Kidney Disease
- Wet Tail Disease
- Weight Changes
Abscesses are a common disease in hamsters and these are a result of infection, and it can form on any area of hamster’s body. It can be very painful for your little cute pet, so we suggest you to seeking advice from a veterinarian.
Symptoms of Abscesses
The body of the hamster will swell; it may be soft or hard. Swelling will be full of pus that the body has formed during its fight with the infection.
2. Coughs and Colds
Just like human beings, your hamster can also catch colds and cough. These diseases can also pass from any human to your hamster. If you are sick and are not in good condition, so you avoid touching your hamster. Otherwise, your pet will catch a cold from you and get sick as well. These can also pass from one animal to another.
Symptoms of cough and cold
Symptoms are the same as human beings have. Like sneezing, difficulty to take breath, coughing, and a wet nose.
If you see these symptoms, you just take your pet to vet because these can cause due to any infection or allergy.
3. Cancer and tumors
Your hamster can have two types of tumors. It can be a benign tumor and a malignant tumor. A benign tumor is an irregular growth of cells that can be aggressive and get very large but they do not spread from one part to another. It can cause to hamsters body and affect his health.
A malignant tumor, on the other hand, is not limited to its place of origin. This can spread in different places in the body.
Symptoms of cancer and tumors
These diseases can appear anywhere in your hamster body. It can appear on its internal organs or external as well. If your hamster is not in good condition, he cannot tell you about that. So, you should familiar with his behavior, and know that your hamster is behaving normally or not.
The clearest symptom of a benign or malignant tumor is a lump. There are some more symptoms of tumor that you can see in your hamster. Like sudden aggression, too much sleep, weight loss, circling, diarrhea, etc.
4. Respiratory infections
Your hamster can suffer from respiratory infections. If you see that your hamster is coughing, sneezing, having difficulty to take breathes or running nose, so your hamster needs vet treatment. These infections make happen by bacteria or viruses.
Symptoms of respiratory infections
If your hamster has any one of these symptoms could indicate a respiratory infection: wheezing, coughing, sneezing, appetite loss, or running nose and eyes.
5. Heart Disease
Your hamster can also prone to a heart problem. If you find anyone symptoms of heart disease, so immediately take your hamster to vet. A heart problem can be happened by cardiac muscles, hypertension, or valvular disorder.
Symptoms of heart disease
If your pet gets tired very quickly, does not take breathe normal, making congested sounds or loses consciousness; it shows that your hamster has a heart problem.
Unluckily, your hamster can affect by many parasites, so he will not feel comfortable with these. When you are testing your hamster’s health, it’s a good idea to know some of the symptoms of parasitic infection so that you can find these problems if your hamster develops them.
Symptoms of parasites
First symptom is that if your hamster can contract a lot of worms for a long time and having diarrhea and weight loss problems. Another symptom of the parasite is a type of mite underneath your hamster’s skin, including dry skin with a lot of scratches. Its third symptom is mites; it is a very painful condition with dry skin and hair loss. Another symptom of this is fleas; when your hamster is scratching a lot and has a lot of itching. Fleas will look like black dust on your hamster’s fur.
If you see that your hamster is lying down and not moving, it can cause by dehydration. Keep him cool and away from heat. Try to give them a drink as much as possible. Dehydration can happen when your hamster suffers by heat in summer. If dehydration is examined then you have to take the hamster to the vet as soon as possible.
Symptoms of dehydration
If your hamster is not active, lying in a cage and not moving, he is urinating less, listlessness and a decreased skin turgor, ignoring his food; these all are symptoms of dehydration.
8. Kidney Disease
Kidney disease is another common health problem in hamsters. This can be happened by different reasons like long-term feeding of high protein diets, any type of infection, continuing dehydration, cancer/tumor, and amyloidosis.
Symptoms of kidney disease
These are the most common symptoms of kidney disease; Blood in the urine, Weight loss, swelling, Hair loss, Sticky eyes. If you find any one of these symptoms, you should visit the vet.
9. Wet Tail Disease
The wet tail disease is very common in all types of hamsters. It is a collective term to describe any disease that causes diarrhea. There are many reasons for diarrhea, including bacteria, infection, and an unsuitable diet. Stressed hamsters have this disease more than any other hamster. Syrian hamsters are more affected by this, but Dwarf hamsters are fewer contracts by this. This is a life-threatening health problem, so if your hamster is suffering from this you have to visit the vet immediately.
Symptoms of the wet tail disease
The most common symptoms which you will see in your hamsters are a wet tail, dehydration, unpleasant smell, diarrhea, appetite loss, low energy, pain, folded ears, and aggressiveness.
Don’t ignore these symptoms, because the wet tail is a life-threatening disease. Take your hamster to the vet for treatment as soon as possible.
10. Weight Changes
Your hamster can change weight because of many reasons. It can be happened by his overgrowth teeth, broken teeth, respiratory problems, dehydration, or parasites. If you find that your hamster is losing weight rapidly, so take him for heath check to vet. If your hamster is increasing weight, so it is indicating as a tumor, bladder stone, or pregnancy.
Symptoms of weight changes
This is very easy to find that your hamster is losing his weight or gaining it. You can guess it by looking to your hamster by keeping eyes on him.
Your hamster can also sick as you can, so you need to provide your pet with high-quality care. A balanced diet, clean water, a healthy environment can keep your hamster healthy and he can live a happy life.
When you find any health problem, you immediately take your hamster to vet for treatment. If you get it on time for treatment, he can recover soon.