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Here is a list of problems many dwarf hamsters develop at one time or another. If you are questionable about any of your hamster's conditions, do not hesitate to see a veterinarian.

Condition

1. Bite wounds



2. Cheek pouch problems



3. Diarrhea



4. Ear Problems



5. Stomach Problems



6. Heatstroke



7. Nails



8. Breathing difficulties



9. Injury and/or Trauma

Symptoms

1. Sores, lacerations, red or irritated areas, or infection

2. Pouches are swollen and painful when touched.

3. Liquid feces, wet around rear end.

4. Scratching and digging in ears

5. Loss of weight, lack of appetite, diarrhea, or sits in a hunched over position.

6. The hamster appears dead or comatose and is weak and unresponsive.

7. Nails tear or bleed because of the excessive length.

8. Sneezing, difficulty breathing and wheezing

9. Bleeding, broken bones, swelling, or unable to move

Satin-coated dwarf hamster

What To Do

1. If possible, try to cleanse wounds with a tiny amount of hydrogen peroxide. Keep the wound clean. Otherwise, see a vet.

2. Check inside mouth and try to remove any objects. This is rather difficult so consulting a vet is your best bet. Be sure the pouches actually have problems before taking the animal to the vet. Lots of hamsters always overstuff
their pouches.

3. Try to rehydrate the hamster by offering more water. But, you must contact a vet. This is probably wet tail and you will need medication immediately.

4. Ask a vet. It could be mites or possibly, disease.

5. Isolate and rehydrate. Take away all green foods. If problem persists, take to the vet.

6. Take to a cool room, and while holding in hand, set the hamster into cool water. Keep the head above water. Carefully and completely dry the hamster. Make sure you keep them out of drafts! As soon as they are conscious, rehydrate.

7. Trim the tips of the nails down to the quick with baby nail clippers. If you are afraid to try this, take your hamster to the vet; they'll be glad to do it.

8. First, what kind of bedding are you using? If it is cedar, remove it immediately!! Otherwise, get your hamster to the vet quickly.

9. First, observe whether the hamster is able to move. If after a while, he resumes normal activities, he will probably be okay. Otherwise, if he continues to act stunned and won't move, eat, drink, etc., take him to the vet.

Much of this information is included in the book, "A Complete Pet Owner's Manual: Dwarf Hamsters." This is one of the best books any dwarf hamster owner can get.