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Old 07-25-2022, 07:14 AM   #1
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My 2 year old dwarf hamster has started making this quiet huffing sound for the past month or so that almost sounds like a whirring sound. It sounds like a series of sniffs but very close together. It gets louder when shes out of her cage or shes foraging for food so Ive just thought that maybe she is curious about her environment or just grumpy but I am a bit worried and thought itd be best to ask whether a vet visit would be a good idea. I cant manage to catch the sound on video but it sounds like if you scrunch up your nose and blow air out rapidly and repeatedly. She looks and seems fine physically other than some signs of old age (slightly clumsier and hair going grey) so Im not sure if its anything to worry about.
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Old 07-25-2022, 09:09 AM   #2
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Hello. It's possible she could have a respiratory infection. I'd suggest taking her to the vets for a checkover. She may need antibiotics.
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Old 07-25-2022, 09:21 AM   #3
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I wouldn't want to say if it is a respiratory issue that should get checked out by a vet or an age related kind of huffiness. I really don't know but if you're concerned, you could get her checked out by a vet.

One of my hamsters became much more vocal as he got older. He's over 2 and chirps (half squeak half sneeze) when he's complaining about something. I was concerned at first but his body language told me that he really was just turning into a grumpy old man who would complain loudly when dinner was late.
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Old 07-25-2022, 02:12 PM   #4
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I asked my vet about it today and he said its likely that she is just having to rely more on her sense of smell in her old age with potentially deteriorating eyesight which makes sense but I will continue keeping an eye on her and take her in if anything seems worrying
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