Browse our veterinary-reviewed Dog and Cat Illness Guide to learn more about pet health. Always talk to your veterinarian if you have a concern about your pet's symptoms or health.
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Hamster Insurance Alternative
Although hamsters are small pets that live their entire lives in cages, they still require the same level of care and commitment that larger pets receive. One of the most important things to understand before bringing a hamster home as a pet is that they are nocturnal creatures. That means they are much more active at night than during the day. You may not want to place your hamster’s cage in your bedroom for this reason.
Common Hamster Health Problems
Caring for your hamster’s health is a big part of being a pet owner. Pet Assure is a low-cost pet insurance alternative that helps you take great care of your hamster. It covers all in-house medical services, including those related to pre-existing conditions. Some of the specific health problems your hamster might experience include:
- Chronic diarrhea: Poor diet, stress, and bacterial infections can all cause digestive issues for hamsters that include chronic diarrhea. Some hamsters develop a condition called wet tail from chronic diarrhea that also includes symptoms of poor appetite, inactivity, and inability to care for their coat.
- Hair loss: Hamsters can lose hair when another hamster chews on them or from rubbing up against feeders or cages. Unfortunately, hair loss can also occur due to kidney disease, thyroid issues, or adrenal tumors.
- Respiratory infection: Hamsters can easily catch a cold or pneumonia from their human owners, which means it’s especially important not to expose them to people who are currently sick. The most common symptoms are runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, and wheezing.
- Skin disease or abscess: Typically caused by the ringworm parasite or an infestation of mites, skin disease in hamsters can cause infections and allergic reactions. A hamster can develop an abscess due to an infection underneath the skin that breaks open from a small cut
Dental problems, diabetes, and the normal issues associated with aging are also common in hamsters.
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