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Old 03-19-2020, 02:28 PM   #1
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Default My Mamster is losing fur

I have a 14 month old female hibrid hamster, she is losing fur around her legs and chest for a while now, her appetite is the same and she has the same energy but we are not sure if she is purposely pulling her fur or if it just her age, does any one else have this issue?
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Old 03-19-2020, 05:59 PM   #2
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Default Re: My Mamster is losing fur

Hmmm...I might be wrong as I'm no expert but I think fur loss over large parts of the body is often one of the signs of cushing's disease but can also be related to kidney issues.

I think a visit to an Exotics Vet is definitely in order. They specialise in treating small animals such as hamsters more than regular vets do and are generally not more expensive.
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Old 03-19-2020, 11:46 PM   #3
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Default Re: My Mamster is losing fur

She isn't really that old so I wouldn't expect fur loss due to age yet.
Just a thought but does she pee where she sleeps? They can get fur loss like that from sleeping on wet substrate although you would normally begin to see redness of the skin too if that were the case.
What substrate do you use?
It is possible she may have a mite problem, other health problems like Cushing's seems less likely as the thinning of the fur usually begins toward the back of the body & progresses from there. It would be worth getting her checked out by your vet if you can't find any obvious reason or cause.
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Old 03-20-2020, 07:50 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info
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Old 03-21-2020, 03:36 PM   #5
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Default Re: My Mamster is losing fur

Does she seem well and active? Fur loss can be caused by a number of things. Various diseases, mites, inadequate nutrition in the diet, rubbing against something or even pee as cypher says. I agree a visit to an exotic vet and ask for a skin scraping bro rule out mites. If it is mites though she is likely to be scratching until she creates sore areas. Daily linseeds work wonders for getting their fur to grow back and in good condition. I’ve found it is very good for that. A bag of brown linseeds isn’t expensive and lasts for ages. I give a pinch each day - separate from the main food mix - eg on a shelf or separate dish. They seem to like them and lick them up. Takes a few weeks but usually makes a big difference. If it does then there is probably not an underlying cause (or it could have been nutrition) but I’d still have a vet check and ask for a scraping for mites. Don’t buy mite treatment as it may not be necessary and is quite toxic to hamsters. Vets have other treatments available. Linseeds are full of essential oils and vitamins so may improve just Bon a dietary basis but I’ve seen fur grow back thick and glossy.
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