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Fur Loss

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During the summer and fall it is not uncommon for the fur on a hamster to thin out. If the temperature changes suddenly the loss may be more extreme resulting in bald patches all over the body of the hamster. In general, this is not cause for concern as shortly the fur will being to fill back in. The greater concern would be determining why the hamster had such a massive lose of hair and ensuring that those conditions are fixed.

However, fur loss in hamsters can be the result of something more serious. Common reasons include pests or parasites such as mites and ticks. Skin infections and mange can also cause a significant amount of fur loss. These diseases and infestations usually cause the skin to become dry and flaky. If they repeatedly scratch the area it could also forms scabs or sores.

Naturally if the condition is prolonged or you feel that your hamster does in fact of one of the aformentioned diseases you are advised to seek veternarian advice immediately. Mange in particular can cause a great deal of damage if it is left to progress for a prolonged period of time.


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