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Old 05-14-2017, 08:47 PM   #1
Crystalroborovski
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Question Reddish skin behind his ear?

I was watching Key Lime tonight and I noticed he has a small patch of red skin behind his left ear. I don't think any fur is missing though. He seems to be scratching/grooming himself more than usual as well, but I only noticed this after I separated the boys. I don't see any bugs like mites in his cage. I haven't used any new substrate or put any new toys in, except for a piece of grapewood I put in a couple of days ago. I froze it for a a few days when I bought it though. Key Lime doesn't have any flakey or cracked skin as far as I can see. I did get a bag of Hazel hamster and I've started changing both boys over to this gradually since yesterday. I froze the food for over 24 hours and let it thaw. I thought possibly there could have been bugs in the food but I don't see any. Maybe when Key Lime and Tangerine were fighting just before I separated them Tangerine scratched his ear or something? Other than that Key Lime is running on his wheel, eating and drinking normally. I wish I could get a closer look by picking him up but ever since I separated them he's been super skittish and is afraid of my hand. I'm not concerned over him or anything I just know red skin isn't a good thing.
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Old 05-14-2017, 10:25 PM   #2
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Default Re: Reddish skin behind his ear?

The fur behind their ears is quite thin anyway so can sometimes appear reddish, it may just be that he's been scent marking a lot since you separated the boys, scent marking & grooming a lot are quite common after a change like this.
Keep an eye on it to see if he does continue to scratch a lot or over groom.
You can't see mites, they all have under skin mites which aren't normally a problem & it's only if their immune system isn't working as well as it should that the mites get out of control & need treatment, this can be due to stress so it is possible the fighting & then the separation may have triggered a problem but at this stage I wouldn't worry too much & just wait to see if he settles.
A small wound is definitely another possibility but if it's only something really minor that should just heal without any treatment.
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Old 05-16-2017, 07:19 AM   #3
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Default Re: Reddish skin behind his ear?

Sorry for not responding earlier

I was watching him yesterday morning and his skin doesn't look as irritated. He isn't scratching as much, I think he was just scent marking. Both boys did that when I first brought them home. I'm still keeping an eye on him but he's doing better
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