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Abscesses occurs when an injury to the skin of a hamster becomes infected. Puss then forms and is trapped within the skin as the wound heals. After the wound has healed the puss forms a bump under the hamsters’ skin. Abscesses are often confused with tumors because of the lump under the surface. If a scratch or bite mark is clearly visible on the surface of the hamster this is almost certainly an abscesses.

Occasionally the abscesses will burst which will cause an expulsion of the fluid within. When this occurs it is vital that the hamster be taken to a veterinarian because the risk of infection will have increased dramatically. Antibiotics are frequently prescribed to reduce the risk of infection to the hamster. You will need to keep them hamster free from dirt and dust in order to reduce the risk of the opened abscesses becoming infected.


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