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Old 02-25-2021, 09:59 AM   #1
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Question Dwarf hamster with symmetrical bald patchs

Hello! This is my first time posting here so I'm sorry if I make some mistakes.

I have a female winter white hamster named Tofu, and I've noticed recently that she has two symmetrical patches with less fur on her hindquarters. (It's not completely bald - it just looks like there is less fur there) The patches are small and not easily noticeable as well. I haven't weighted her, but she looks like she's lost weight - she looked a little overweight before, but she looks about normal to skinny now. Tofu's only about 4 months old, so it's not a sign of old age. Could it be kidney problems? Her behavior hasn't changed so I'm not sure if she's sick or not, but I got very worried after doing some research. Has anyone else had this happen to their hamsters?
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Old 02-25-2021, 11:56 PM   #2
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Default Re: Dwarf hamster with symmetrical bald patchs

Hello! I might be wrong but it seems like you’re describing her scent glands. Hamsters have one on each side, quite small, noticeable because there is no fur.
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Old 02-26-2021, 01:48 AM   #3
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Hi and welcome to HC!

I'd weigh her and then weigh her again in a week to see if she's losing weight or not. If she's losing weight for no obvious reason or shows signs of being unwell i'd ask a vet for advice.
Is she eating and drinking ok? Does her water bottle work? Are her teeth ok?
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