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Old 11-12-2009, 05:44 PM
Judy at Shady Grove Judy at Shady Grove is offline
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Default How to Tell if your Hamster is Sick

General Signs of Illness in your hamster:

There are specific ailments your hamster can suffer from. Here's an overview of some of the signs you should watch for to determine if something isn't right with your pet hamster.

• Eyes
Probably one of the easiest ways to determine if your hamster is not feeling well is to look at his eyes. In a healthy hamster the eyes will be bright and alert; however, in a sick hamster the eyes are often inflamed, with wetness on the fur around the edges of the eyes.

• Fur
Hamsters are very clean creatures, and seem to take pride in keeping their coat shiny and smooth. If you notice your hamster’s coat looking disheveled and dull it’s a sign that something could be wrong.

• Nose
A hamster’s nose should always be dry and never damp or runny.

• Anal Region
Again, due to their clean nature, the only time you should notice anything but a clean rear end is when they’re ill. If this region is wet or is covered in fecal matter then your hamster is definitely ill.

• Body Shape
A healthy and active hamster will have a relatively cylindrical shape. If his sides look sunken due to weight loss it could be the onset of diabetes, or dental problems.

• General Behavior
A healthy and happy hamster is lively and active, taking an interest in everything around him, especially when you pay a visit. If you notice your hamster is unusually sluggish or disinterested it’s time to take notice.

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