Providing a clean, hygienic environment with a healthy well balanced diet will keep your hamster in good health and by handling your hamster regularly you will be able to spot any symptoms.
Hamsters do not generally fall ill but can deteriorate quickly, the following are the most common problems. If you have any doubts about the health of your hamster seek advice from your vet.
Dental problems: Hamsters teeth continue to grow throughout their life so provision of gnawing material is essential. Teeth can be trimmed easily by your vet if necessary.
Wet Tail: This is a bacterial infection that can cause extreme diarrhoea. If your hamster has a wet, sticky bottom and appears hunched in pain seek veterinary treatment immediately. Wet Tail is highly infectious so isolate the hamster. Wash your hands thoroughly and clean the cage with a pet safe disinfectant.
Respiratory disorders: Hamsters can catch coughs and colds and suffer from sneezes, sore eyes and noses. Keep them warm and away from draughts but if symptoms persist seek veterinary advice.
Diarrhoea: Over feeding with fresh green food is the most common cause of diarrhoea. Stop feeding greens and use a good quality hamster feed mix. If symptoms persist seek veterinary advice.
Constipation: If there is a lack of droppings in the cage and your hamster has a hunched appearance it may be suffering from constipation. Feed it a small amount of fresh greens but if there is no change seek veterinary advice.