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Hamster Hair Loss Turning Blue

Discussion in 'Rodents' started by knn, Jul 1, 2010.


  1. knn

    knn PetForums Newbie

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    I have a year and a half old Syrian hamster who started getting a bit of hair loss a couple weeks ago and I thought it was maybe just because she was getting older, but it seems to have spread and now the skin there is looking blue-ish and dry.

    Has anyone seen this? I'm leaving for out of town in a few days and I'm worried to leave her. :(
     
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    thedogsmother PetForums VIP

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    There is a condition called Cushings disease that in hamsters is unfortunately untreatable, I hope it isnt this but I would google it if I was you and have a look at the images, see if they look similar, ultimately though you will need to take her to a vet, it might be a perfectly treatable condition. Have you got a picture of her showing the hair loss.

    http://www.hamstercentral.com/wiki/Cushings_Disease_in_Syrian_Hamsters
     
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  3. knn

    knn PetForums Newbie

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    I'm hoping it's not that. :( I tried to take a couple pictures, but it's a little hard to make out since her fur is already black:

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    Thanks for your help! I'll look for a small pet vet in my area, too.
     
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    thedogsmother PetForums VIP

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    Oh that doesnt look good, it looks like it could possibly be cushings, I would get a vets opinion though adn dont assume the worst, there are probably loads of conditions it could be. I have everything crossed for her that it isnt cushings though.
     
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    That looks similar to my hamster Stella.... except she now has bald patches on either side. I hope they don't have cushings :(
     
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    knn PetForums Newbie

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    I hope so, too. :( Sending Stella some good luck!
     
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    Flissy PetForums VIP

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    I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the both of them...

    This is what she looked like to start with:

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    But she is a lot worse now :(
     
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    Am so sorry or them both. As far as the blue is concerned...i may be wrong...but i think the skin has a bluey tinge anyways. But sending well wishes to them both! xx
     
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