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Why does my hamster have scabs and bald spots on him ...

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Why does my hamster have scabs and bald spots on him and scratches alot?

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Age: 2; Male; Breed: hamster

Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Pet
Expert:  Susan Kollgaard replied 11 years ago.
It sounds like your hamster has mange. Demodectic mange is a common external parasite of hamsters and is caused by mites that reside within the hair follicles. Symptoms are scratching and bald spots, frequently with sores.

Mange is rarely a problem by itself, but it is frequently associated with long-standing debilitating diseases, such as kidney disease.

You should take your hamster to the vet to be examined. He will do a skin scraping to confirm the presence of mites. Mange can be treated, but the underlying problem may have no treatment or cure.