!) Diarrhea- Syrian hamsters are prompt to diarrhea caused by overfeeding of too much green food, fruit or it can be due to stress. Ensure the pet gets a well balanced diet which include greens, good brand of hamster mixed food and plenty of clean water. Timothy hay may also helps to give the creature an extra good supplement and it is good for teeth grin and weight gain.
2) Wet Tail - A bacterial infection which causes severe diarrhea, and is mostly seen in young Syrian hamsters, especially a syrian pup which is trying to settle down in its new environment.
a) A stickiness of the bottom and tail area
b) Pet may appear as though it has stomach ache, hunching itself up. It is highly contagious so ensure you wash your hands and clean out the cage thoroughly. A sanitizer will helps a great deal to re ensure cleanliness and germs free living environment.
3) Skin irritation / Infection
a) Skin irritation is very common issue in syrian hamster. It is caused by negligence of the owner and usage of poor quality bedding. This unhygienic living condition can welcome the growth of bacteria known as fungus, which in time multiply, causing mites / skin allergies. This disease is contagious to human and the infected human will suffer skin problems known as Scabies. This bacteria is commonly cause by lack of pet grooming and unclean cage area.
4) Dental problems - Syrian hamsters' teeth grow continuously and can become overgrown unless proper care is taken to keep them ground down. Provide gnaw blocks, gnaws sticks or wooden toys for your pet to chew on.
Constance weekly health check & grooming
Get into the habit of examining your pet carefully every week. It is also a good idea to keep a constant monitoring on its weight. Constant grooming creates good bonding between pet owners and the animal.
Check that your Syrian hamster's behavior is normal - active and playful in the evening.
Gauge how they walk, look out for limping, or signs of pain. A sick pet will be irritable and may bite more frequently.
1) Mouth and nose - the nose should be clean and dry - sneezing and runny nose are signs of cold or flu.
2) Check to ensure that your pet's teeth haven't grown too long. See whether they're misaligned or chipped
3) Eyes - The eyes should be bright, and not runny / watery, which could be a sign of an allergy or a cold.
4) Cheeks - Any presence lumps in the cheeks indicate an abscess. It is likely to be an impacted cheek pouch. The lump may be so large it may force the eye to close. This will need professional treatment, be emptied and rinsed, with the help of a vet.
5) Fur - Screen for patches of hair loss, which could be the result of rubbing against the cage or fur chewing. This can be a sign of boredom or the result of abrasive bedding. Hair loss is also linked to protein deficiency. Check for signs of itching combined with any hair loss - this could be a symptom of parasites or ringworm.
6) Nails - Nails grow continuously. Playing with wooden toys will keep them short, but check to make sure they're not overgrown. If they are, your vet / groomer will clip them safely.