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Our little dwarf hamster has lost 1/2 his fur and is

Our little dwarf hamster...

Our little dwarf hamster has lost 1/2 his fur and is scratching a lot.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. Using the wrong medication for fleas can be dangerous. You should definitely talk to the Veterinarian. What is the hamster's name and age?

We arent using flea medicine...didnt think it was fleas....Kris and hes about a year and a 1/2

Veterinarian's Assistant: What is the hamster's name?

Kris

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Kris?

Like what type of thing? He is scratching, there was a fungus growing on the inside of his little house

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Customer reply replied 10 months ago
Wondering how long it takes to hear back?
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Hi, i`m Richard, a Veterinarian from the UK. Hopefully I can help today.

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Does his skin look sore or irritated? Any flakes of skin apparent?

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Customer reply replied 10 months ago
I can really tell if there are flakes, he just kind of looks like a plucked chicken on 1/2 his body and lost weight!
Customer reply replied 10 months ago
His little hut that he boroughsand had a fungus growing on top I just washed it but I wonder if that could be related?
Customer reply replied 10 months ago
His skin looks pink... irritated. He scratches a lot

These guys can often pick up mites from their bedding causing skin signs such as this. I think a fungal infection is unlikely but I cannot fully rule it out. If he has skin mites, they can be effectively treated with skin drops containing ivermectin. The preparations are usually sold in pet stores and are suitable for birds and small rodents. It is best dosed every 2 weeks for 3 applications. In the UK these drops are marketed under the brand name Xeno, however this may be different in your country. Good pet stores should carry them and will be able to advise you of a suitable dose for him. The improtant thing is that it contains IVERMECTIN.

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Customer reply replied 10 months ago
Did I lose u?
Customer reply replied 10 months ago
Ok
Customer reply replied 10 months ago
Ok! Great... what about Cushing's syndrome? Could that be possible?
Also with drops will fur return?

I`m still here. Cushings disease is a possibility, however it can be very difficult to treat in hamsters. If it is a mite problem (much more common than cushings disease) then if we can kil off the mites, the itching should improve and the fur should return.

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Customer reply replied 10 months ago
Great! I'll get the drops!!
Customer reply replied 10 months ago
What about weight loss? He looks thinner

Weight loss can just be an indicator that he hasn`t been feeling great. They can often also appear thinner as they lose hair, so it can be subjective. Have you noticed any signs of diarrhea or changes in his thirst?

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Customer reply replied 10 months ago
Only diarrhea when we put him in his ball... or maybe it's vomiting? ��
Customer reply replied 10 months ago
But I'm not sure. I think he may be drinking more bc his cage doesn't smell as much possibly due to diluted urine??

are you having to fill his water bottle more frequently? It is usually the other way around, usually the bedding etc is more wet if they have a problem, which usually means more smells.

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Customer reply replied 10 months ago
Not really... but the bedding was wet and not cleaned for 2 weeks... my sons pet.

ok. I would recommend treating for mites initially. You should be seeing some improvement in an initial 2 weeks but I would recommend 3 doses in total 2 weeks apart, even if he does seem to be improving.

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Customer reply replied 10 months ago
Ok thank u!!!

You are very welcome, hopefully he is feeling much more his normal self very soon!

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I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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