Sick Dwarf Hamster

Sick Dwarf Hamster

Henry!  Henry!  Are you feeling alright?  You don’t look quite right.  You’ve always wanted to run on that wheel before.  Here, wear this ice pack on your head.  Keep this thermometer in your mouth.  I’m calling the vet.  We’ll have you up and running in that wheel again, gnawing on that toilet paper roll in no time at all.

Hmm.  Got a sick dwarf hamster on your hands?  We all feel a little under the weather now and then.  Dwarf hamsters are certainly no exception to the rule.  Even the healthiest hamsters can get a cold at one time in their lives.

Dwarf hamster illnesses range from the common cold to serious life-threatening sicknesses.  There are a number of signs of a sick hamster.  In fact, a most dwarf hamster illnesses have similar symptoms.

There are a couple of telltale signs of a sick dwarf hamster and you will want to see if these apply to yours.

First, they’ll just look different.  They won’t have the energy that they usually exhibit, they eyes won’t have that shine.  Not only that but if your hamster displays symptoms like shaking or looking weak, then it’s a good bet he’s not feeling well.

Other symptoms could include coughing an unusual gait and a stubborn cough as well.

Additionally, your hamster needs medical attention if his anus is smeared with droppings, noisy or heavy breathing, loose fur or patches of fur completely gone or sore spots on his body.  Another symptom you want to look for in your hamster is dull-looking eyes.

If any of these characterize your ill hamster, then you need to call to make an appointment to see your veterinarian.

Even before you call your vet, though, you should take immediate steps to quarantine the individual hamster you suspect is ill.  While his condition may not be contagious, there’s always the possibility it is a contagious sickness.  If you keep him to himself immediately and have him separated, then you won’t need to worry about the others developing the same problem.

Along with isolating your sick hamster, you’ll want to give the cage a good cleaning.  If it’s at all possible sterilize all aspects of the cage.  This could be as simple as placing these objects in water and boiling them for a minimum of 10 minutes.  This should kill any germs.  Of course, you can’t always boil everything, especially if you have plastic so just clean and disinfect everything the best you can.  You want everything to be as clean as possible and get rid of any bacteria or germs that may be related to your sick dwarf hamster.

To do this you’ll also want to discard all bedding at this time and replace it with new.  Don’t forget the food.  Throw all the uneaten food away and replace it with new, fresh food.
These are some basic things you should do if you find out you have a sick dwarf hamster on your hands.

Of course, you don’t always need to call your vet and sometimes your hamster simply has a slight cold.  There are a number of different reasons for a sick dwarf hamster and a number of different illnesses, each with specific symptoms and steps for treatment.  Sign up for my free mini course below, for a lesson on one particularly nasty dwarf hamster illness as well as other lessons for giving your dwarf hamster a happy, healthy life.