The most common way for your hamster to get
mites is from contact with other hamsters or animals that
already have mites. They can also contract mites from hay
or other material that already has them before they are put
into the hamsters cage.
The first thing you will notice with a hamster that has mites
is their skin will become irritated. They may even loss some
fur in heavily infected areas. Depending on the type of mite
you may have difficulty seeing them on the surface of your
hamster. However, other mites are visible as little specks
of black crawling slowly on the skin of the hamster.
The best way to rid your hamster of the mites is to go to
the pet store and find a mite spray. Also make sure you clean
the cage out well or the hamster will become reinfected as
soon as it is reintroduced to the cage. All items that were
in the hamsters cage should be thoroughly disinfected and
the wood chips should be changed completely. You may also
wish to throw out any hay or wood chips that you had when
the hamster first became infected with mites in case that
was the source of the parasites.
If the mites are allowed to infect your hamster over a period
of time a condition called mange can
occur which can leave lasting effets on your hamster. Be sure
to be proactive when it comes to mites and other parasitic
infections in your hamster.