7 Dwarf Hamster Diseases You Should Know About
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Many hamster owners are unaware that their pets can acquire human diseases too. Dwarf Hamsters can sneeze and they also have hiccups or a runny nose. If you are not able to provide the basic needs of your Dwarf Hamster such as a healthy environment and sufficient food and water supply, they will quickly turn into unhealthy and unhappy buddies.
Here is the list of illnesses that your Dwarf Hamster may have as well as the ways to thwart them.
1. Cancer – Just like us, Dwarf Hamsters can also get cancer. This disease is normally triggered by living in a stressful environment. To avoid cancer, build a stress-free environment for your pet.
2. Diabetes – All hamsters can inherit diabetes from their parents. They typically develop it from eating too many sweets. To keep your pet free from diabetes, neutralize its sugar or fruit intake. Be sure to incorporate a high enough proportion of vegetables into your Dwarf Hamster's daily diet.
3. Stress – Although stress is not an illness, it can be classified as the major causative factor of ailments in human beings and animals. To reduce stress for your Dwarf Hamster, avoid loud noises and never put its cage close to your television, stereo or your dog's cage. Allow your tiny friend to sleep during the daytime, and always remember to clean your baby's cage at least once a week. These things will help extend your hamster's life span.
4. Abscesses – Normally, a Dwarf Hamster suffers from abscesses if it is bitten or scratched by another Dwarf Hamster. Once you notice a lump or wound caused by bites and scratches, consult your veterinarian. Vets will check your pet and if they have infections he will prescribe antibiotics. Another reason that an abscess may appear is when your Dwarf Hamster has swallowed part of their cage because of their need to constantly chew to stop their teeth getting too long, so make sure you give them plenty of chew toys.
5. Colds – Dwarf Hamsters can catch colds from their owners. If you have a cold, prevent yourself from playing with your pet. See to it that its cage is placed in a warm area of the house where it can never get wet. You will know if your hamster is suffering from a cold because it will have a runny nose and will sneeze from time to time. When your hamster has a cold, visit your vet if it does not clear up after a few days.
6. Torpodity – When hamsters are not able to exercise on a regular basis, they will have a medical condition known as torpodity. Hamsters tend to put on weight when they are short on physical activity. They also become very aggressive, they like to run up to 5 miles a night so you need to put a wheel in their cage to prevent this ailment.
7. Allergic Reaction – To prevent allergic reactions, never use wood shavings containing cedar or pine, both have harmful oils that can cause allergic reactions in Dwarf Hamsters. There are also foods like corn and maize that should not be fed to your Dwarf Hamster because they can also initiate sneezing, skin irritations, runny eyes, loss of fur, or other respiratory problems.
The illnesses mentioned above can be preverted if you give your Dwarf Hamster appropriate diet, sufficient amount of exercise and a stress-free living environment. They can live longer and healthier if you take care of them just like your own babies. Before you pick them up, always be sure to wash your hands first to prevent them catching something from you.