Sick Hamsters: Signs of Allergies in Hamsters

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Allergies in Hamsters

Hamsters are usually pretty hardy animals, but they can have allergies to food, bedding, and other agents. The most common allergy for hamsters is going to be the bedding or another household agent—typically something that has been sprayed in the air.

Allergies are easy to remedy as all you need to do is remove the agent that the hamster is allergic to, but if you don't notice the signs of an allergy, then the allergy may develop into something more serious and severe. It's not uncommon for untreated allergies to turn into wet-tail or an infection due to a lowered immune system and stress on the body.

Hamsters can recover from the symptoms of an allergy pretty quickly, but you have to keep an eye on your hamster, as they generally do not show signs of weakness and illness until it's later on. So, if you change anything in or around your hamster's cage, you'll want to keep a close eye on him.

Causes of Allergies

There are different causes of allergies. The most common causes of allergies include food, bedding, or another household item (smoke, perfume, furniture polish, etc.)

You will notice the signs of an allergy shortly after introducing the allergen.

Relieving Allergies and Veterinary Care

To soothe the allergy, it's pretty simple. You want to remove whatever is irritating your hamster. Change the food if it's a food allergy, or change the bedding if it's an allergy to the bedding.

If the symptoms do not go away within a few days, you may want to try removing something else. Don't change too many things at the same time, though, because you won't know for sure what the allergy was for and what you want to avoid.

If you just can figure out what the allergy is and the symptoms keep persisting, you may need to seek veterinary assistance, as the symptoms may be caused by an infection instead of an allergy.

ResourcesCommon Hamster Illnesses
Broken Bone
Common Cold
Upper Respiratory Illness

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

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