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View Poll Results: Is this bald spot severe, moderate, mild, or nothing to worry about?
Is this bald spot mild? 0 0%
Is it severe? 0 0%
Is it moderate maybe? 2 20.00%
Is there nothing to worry about? 1 10.00%
Does she have to see a vet? 7 70.00%
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Old 12-05-2015, 11:37 AM   #11
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Default Re: IMPORTANT!!! Bald spot on Hammy's leg!!!!!

Oh. But I got a video of her running on her wheel (will try to upload it later) and found out that that is her usual direction and her bald spot is showing! So it is not from wheel rubbing but I will remove the cardboard when I clean her cage out tomorrow.
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Old 12-05-2015, 02:14 PM   #12
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Default Re: IMPORTANT!!! Bald spot on Hammy's leg!!!!!

Is it Cushings? Here is the link. Just now thought about it that it may be this?

Cushing's Disease -
Stages of Cushings Disease with illustrated pics (inc. treatment)
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Old 12-05-2015, 07:09 PM   #13
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Try not to worry too much. The thread showing Cushings had more symptoms than just fur loss. (eg change in skin pigment as well).

If you don't think she has been scratching or rubbing against something, it would be a good idea to have a vet check where they can rule out certain things and give a diagnosis. Maybe just observe her over the next few days. Does she seem healthy enough otherwise?
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Old 12-05-2015, 08:36 PM   #14
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Default Re: IMPORTANT!!! Bald spot on Hammy's leg!!!!!

Cushings usually doesn't occur on a young hamster. It could be internal mites(the kind that live under the skin and need a vet to do a skin scraping to look for mites under a microscope. Early stage Demodex mange mites don't cause much itching so no scratching.

What size is her igloo as if it is the medium size(mostly recommended for Syrians at stores) that may be where she is rubbing as for a Syrian it really should be the Large Guinea Pig size to avoid a tight squeeze through the door opening.
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Old 12-05-2015, 09:17 PM   #15
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Try not to worry too much. The thread showing Cushings had more symptoms than just fur loss. (eg change in skin pigment as well).

If you don't think she has been scratching or rubbing against something, it would be a good idea to have a vet check where they can rule out certain things and give a diagnosis. Maybe just observe her over the next few days. Does she seem healthy enough otherwise?
I can't really look her over good because, as I said before, I have a cold. I do need to handle her though just to look her over and check her nest and whole cage for tufts of fur that she lost. Since I have a cold, is it okay if I put on rubber gloves and a mask so she can't catch it?

P.S. This is not the right time to get a cold
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Old 12-05-2015, 09:29 PM   #16
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You're right, best to avoid handling her if you have a cold. Just leave it a few days maybe and keep an eye on her. If she is seeming well in herself, then a few days should be fine.
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Old 12-05-2015, 09:41 PM   #17
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Can I use rubber gloves and a mask to handle her when I have a cold? Because I have to clean her cage tomorrow and she has to go in her ball or the bath tub. So.......
I have to clean the cage.. Been putting it off for like 4 or 5 days now.
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Wash your hands really well, and then put on the gloves, but be expecting her to be a bit nervous at the strange new things trying to pick her up. Just move her to her ball or the tub and clean the cage and then return her quickly with as little interaction between you and her as possible until the cold is gone.
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Old 12-05-2015, 10:08 PM   #19
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Thanks. Is there anything I can do to make her less nervous at strange things handling her?

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Wash your hands really well, and then put on the gloves, but be expecting her to be a bit nervous at the strange new things trying to pick her up. Just move her to her ball or the tub and clean the cage and then return her quickly with as little interaction between you and her as possible until the cold is gone.
Also, is there any chance of her escaping the tub? I don't really like the ball idea because it is very flimsy and if it weren't for me watching her she would have gotten away and lose in the house. Even though I put tape, she sometimes pees in it so the tape gets lose and it comes off and then the lid gets loose and...... "Freedom at last!" She says

Any way she could escape the tub? Do you think I should take a napkin and just wet the sides down just a little bit so if she try's she immediately slips back down?

If you don't place toys where she can climb up and reach the sides of the tub I can't see her being able to escape and you most definitely do not want any water around her as that could make her sick from getting wet.

Be sure to plug the drain part so she won't harm herself there.

I'd just set back a bit so not to share your cold germs and see if she can get out and once you know she can't then go clean her cage and get it all ready for her then collect her up with the gloves and back into her cage. She'll probably enjoy the play time in the tub and the chance to stretch her legs.

Should I start being concerned now?
She usually starts running on her wheel around 9pm or 10pm but she hasn't! I managed yo get her to come out of her igloo by standing about 3-5 feet away and making clicking noises but couldn't get a good look at her leg. So I know she hasn't gone into topor (which I was worried about when I first saw she wasn't in her wheel) but she isn't in her wheel. I will try to get a good look (and maybe a better, less blurry, picture) tomorrow. I don't know if I should be concerned but I am.

In stead of wasting precious time with a photo that nobody on this form can diagnose accurately. Take her to a Vet as we can not give any medications to help her nor can we tell what is going on via a photo. Each day you waste with taking photos and just getting suggestions mean one more day you won't know for sure what is going on.

Like her lack of wanting to wheel could be nothing or it could mean she is ill and in need of immediate Vet care to get well. If it ends up mange mites the longer you delay the harder it is to cure her.

Do you think it could be something else? Just about a week or two ago, I wanted to give her a bath and everyone said no. I was wondering if she had mites because she was scratching a lot. No one know for sure but they asked what bedding she had. I said that she had cedar or pine shavings. They said that it is really bad to have pine or cedar bedding with a Syrian. So they said switch to aspen bedding. I did that just one or two weeks ago.

They also suggested, to replace a real bath, to get her a sand bath. I used my own plastic container (and if you think she lost fur on the sharp edges then no because all the edges are rounded) and put Chinchilla Bath Sand in. Not the dust. The sand. She has been using it regularly.

I was wondering if the sudden change might have something to do with the fur loss?

Here is the package of the bath sand she uses:

Here is a pic of the bedding she has:

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Cushings usually doesn't occur on a young hamster. It could be internal mites(the kind that live under the skin and need a vet to do a skin scraping to look for mites under a microscope. Early stage Demodex mange mites don't cause much itching so no scratching.

What size is her igloo as if it is the medium size(mostly recommended for Syrians at stores) that may be where she is rubbing as for a Syrian it really should be the Large Guinea Pig size to avoid a tight squeeze through the door opening.
BTW, she has the small igloo from amazon. But don't worry. She is getting a new hideout around Christmas. Or should I just give it to her now? Really need to know so I can just do that when I clean her cage today. Thanks
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Old 12-06-2015, 12:45 AM   #20
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Default Re: IMPORTANT!!! Bald spot on Hammy's leg!!!!!

I agree it would be best to take her to the vet rather than keep worrying & as Nancy says we really can't diagnose anything from a photo.
As it is possible it could be a rubbing issue definitely replace anything like the igloo or wheel that could be too small & causing her issues.
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