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Old 03-02-2021, 02:35 AM   #1
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Hi, I have a 1.5 year old hybrid dwarf hamster. I adopted him from Pets at Home after the first lockdown, when he was already 10 months old. In spite of him being extremely aggressive, I have tried to give him a good life. Since day one, I have observed him scratching and on the advice of my vet, regularly treated him with Xeno 50 mini with good effect. In the last few weeks I have noticed him visibly age (slowing down, weight loss, scruffy fur) but he is still eating well and coming out for a run when he wants. Last night I noticed his itching was really bad, and he has a small area of thinning fur at the back of his head. I applied the Xeno again but was wondering if I should take him to the vet? The main problem with this is the logistics, bearing in mind how he lashes out. Plus I am not sure if I should put him through this ordeal. One thing to mention is I have only been applying three drops of the Xeno, as I was worried I would overdose. Many thanks for any help
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Old 03-02-2021, 08:55 AM   #2
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Does your hamster drink a lot of water?
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Old 03-02-2021, 10:30 AM   #3
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Mite treatment is actually quite toxic & should only be used after a skin scrape has shown a problem with mites, scratching van be due to lots of things & most often isn’t mites.
What substrate do you use & what do you feed him?
Do you use hay?
If his skin appears to be in poor condition or he has some fur loss try giving a pinch of flax seeds (linseed) & a drop of evening primrose oil daily.
Some hams do begin to show signs of ageing by about 18 months so it may just be that but I would definitely stop the mite treatment & make sure he’s getting all the nutrients he needs.
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Old 03-03-2021, 01:53 PM   #4
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Hi, no he doesn’t drink that much. I use Carefresh bedding and safe bed. His food is Rodipet Senior for hybrids. He also has fresh food like fruit and veg and the odd yogurt drop treat.
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Old 03-03-2021, 02:01 PM   #5
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His food should be fine so not likely to be an issue there although giving the extras I mentioned may well still be a good idea.
Carefresh can be dusty & generally isn’t the best substrate so it’s possible that might be an issue for him, you could try switching to a paper substrate like kaytee clean & cosy just to see if that helps.
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