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Old 05-25-2019, 08:49 AM   #1
babyirish
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can i ask for your advise regarding the situation of my hamster as seen in the picture? it's my first time to encounter this situation. he's more than a year of age now. should i bring him to vet? or what can i do to get his fur back? thanks in advance.
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Old 05-25-2019, 09:27 AM   #2
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How large is his wheel? It looks like the fur has been rubbed off by the spindle of a too small wheel. Get a larger wheel and see if it grows back. If you can't get a larger one then take his current one out for now and give other enrichment till you get a large one.
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Old 05-25-2019, 05:31 PM   #3
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its a 7-inch wired wheel but i covered it with a cardboard so he wont get bumblefoot.

as i've checked on him today i saw some small scars in the skin. ������
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Old 05-26-2019, 05:14 AM   #4
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its a 7-inch wired wheel but i covered it with a cardboard so he wont get bumblefoot.

as i've checked on him today i saw some small scars in the skin. ������
If he is a syrian a 7 inch wheel is far to small for him. Look at something that is 11-12 inches.
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Old 05-26-2019, 10:08 PM   #5
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As much as i wanted to give him the right sizes of toys, i'm having a hard time looking for these items here in the Philippines. most of the items available are small.
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Old 05-27-2019, 01:37 AM   #6
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That does look like wheel rub so he will need a different wheel and his skin could get sore. To help with the fur generally, can you get linseeds (flax seeds)? A pinch of those daily starts to work wonders with fur condition and they like them and nibble them up. I put them separately to the rest of the food on a different dish and our hammy licks them up every day.

If you can find an 8 to 11 inch wheel it would be good - ideally with a solid running track. If it's hard to find wheels, could you make a bucket wheel? Here's a thread about making one.

MY DIY Bucket Wheel

There's a simple one here

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZeuJ66PWsks

This one needs a few diy parts and possibly a drill (or a screwdriver), but uses a fidget spinner to make ballbearings and a silent wheel!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-gBqOislbU

This site seems to sell wodent wheels also - cost conversion doesn't seem too bad?
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Old 07-01-2019, 08:57 AM   #7
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thank you for the suggestion and advices! would definitely check the site. ����
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Old 07-01-2019, 12:01 PM   #8
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As much as i wanted to give him the right sizes of toys, i'm having a hard time looking for these items here in the Philippines. most of the items available are small.
There wasnít much for small animals in Thailand either and now Iím in Saudi and there is nothing here. Youíre best bet is to buy through Amazon or a local online shop that ships your way if you have the funds to do so. If not, like Serendipity suggested do DIY projects and go and look on YouTube and the internet on how to make DIY versions of things. I feel your pain - not much in the petshops!

I also found that the wheels were far too small...I had to order online.
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