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Most common disorders of Hamsters

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  • Obesity/weight loss
  • Diarrhea (transitory)
  • Wet tail/gastrointestinal disturbances
  • Skin wounds/trauma
  • Skin infections
  • Excess urination
  • Sudden death
  • Malocclusion/ cheek pouch impaction
  • Malnutrition/starvation/dehydration
  • Hairballs/foreign bodies
  • Chilling/overheating
  • Litter abandonment
  • Antibiotic toxicity
  • Heart disease

Having your hamster examined on a regular basis by an exotic animal veterinarian who is familiar with small exotic mammals can prevent many of the common disorders above. For help in finding a small mammal veterinarian in your area, contact the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians.


Credit: Used with permission of the Zoological Education Network.
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