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Old 07-28-2021, 08:19 AM   #1
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Unhappy Dwarf hamster help please!!!

Im worried about My dwarf hamster, Chester.
Hes a male hybrid dwarf and hes about 1 year old.

Lately hes been loosing a lot of weight. About 1 gram every 1-2 days. Hes a chunky boi so I sorta overlooked it for the first week until I realized that he had lost 10 grams. Right now he weights 56 grams. 2 weeks ago he was 68 grams.
That is cause for concern. Isnt it?

Yesterday when I was doing a health check on Mr Chester I realized that his scent gland wasnt as it used to be. This time it was yellow and waxy. Frankly it looked like earwax. I looked up what to do and everywhere said to clean it with a damp cotton swab, so I did that. I then realized that that the top of his scent gland had off-white stuff coming out of it.
Also his scent gland is very stinky.

Heres a photo of it: 3983-ADDD-E4-D9-4224-A89-F-52511-FF06526 — ImgBB


Are there any home remedies for this?
Does he need a vet? How urgent?
Will he be okay? Wok thyme tea help?

Also his cage is clean and the right size and there isnt anything dangerous or sharp in there. He eats a diet of Higgins sunburst and pure bites dog treats. I decreased the protein in his mix about a month and a half ago. He eats veggies and crock complete hamster treats, and his seeds as snacks.

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Old 07-28-2021, 09:18 AM   #2
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Default Re: Dwarf hamster help please!!!

Whenever i have concerns about my hamsters health i take them to the vet for a check up.

One of my dwarfs has a scent gland like that and i clean it with warm water and a cotton pad.

Personally, i would take him to a vet who knows about hamsters in case the scent gland has become infected. They don't normally stink so he may have an infection.

I would also get his teeth checked and mention the weight loss.
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Old 07-28-2021, 09:59 AM   #3
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Whenever i have concerns about my hamsters health i take them to the vet for a check up.

One of my dwarfs has a scent gland like that and i clean it with warm water and a cotton pad.

Personally, i would take him to a vet who knows about hamsters in case the scent gland has become infected. They don't normally stink so he may have an infection.

I would also get his teeth checked and mention the weight loss.


I cleaned it off but it just looks swollen, red and kinda infected.
Im going to try thyme and then if he doesnt improve then I will take him to the vet.
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Old 07-28-2021, 04:23 PM   #4
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Whenever i have concerns about my hamsters health i take them to the vet for a check up.

One of my dwarfs has a scent gland like that and i clean it with warm water and a cotton pad.

Personally, i would take him to a vet who knows about hamsters in case the scent gland has become infected. They don't normally stink so he may have an infection.

I would also get his teeth checked and mention the weight loss.


I got the thyme for him. Whats the best way to make thyme tea?
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Old 07-28-2021, 04:39 PM   #5
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Default Re: Dwarf hamster help please!!!

Lots of these home remedies go around on the internet sadly and many times they don't work. I believe the thyme tea thing is mentioned for resp issues anyway

If it is infected he will need antibiotics and some pain relief possibly.

He would be better to be be seen by a vet
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Old 07-28-2021, 05:22 PM   #6
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Lots of these home remedies go around on the internet sadly and many times they don't work. I believe the thyme tea thing is mentioned for resp issues anyway

If it is infected he will need antibiotics and some pain relief possibly.

He would be better to be be seen by a vet


Ill call the vet as soon as I can. Ill see if I can get a weekend appointment, but theyre quite busy. Ill get the soonest one I can though.
Thank you for your help.
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Old 08-01-2021, 11:44 AM   #7
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Good luck, soemtimes you have to be quite forceful and stand your ground, don't downplay things. Small animals can go downhill very quickly. Keep us updated
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Old 08-02-2021, 01:18 PM   #8
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Good luck, soemtimes you have to be quite forceful and stand your ground, don't downplay things. Small animals can go downhill very quickly. Keep us updated

Okay. I think hes going to the vet next week so Ill update yall then
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