Gerbils & Hamsters/Winter white loss of fur infection
QUESTION: Hi Shelia,
My one-year-old Winter White developed a sticky lump in her ear and a small bald patch below. I took her to the vet who prescribed a 10-day course of oral and topical antibiotics. She seems to be improving slowly, and shows no sign of distress, and is eating and playing happily. Her fur, however, around the infection looks a little greasy, and I am wondering if this will improve and if I can do anything for this? Any suggestions would be most helpful. Thanks.
ANSWER: Hi Tim
Thanks for your question.
I'm pleased to hear that your hamster is showing signs of improvement having taken the antibiotics. Until the infection has cleared up I would be tempted not to do anything about the greasy skin especially as you are applying antibiotics to it. Once the infection is cleared and there is no sign of soreness/open skin etc. then if her fur looks greasy you could let her have a dust bath. If you get a low level dish and buy some of the chinchilla dust from pet shops she might like to roll around in this, but until it is safe to do this I would avoid it as you don't want anything getting into an open wound.
I hope this helps you.
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QUESTION: Hi Sheila
Many thanks for your advice. Another question I meant to ask was whether I could possibly add some Beaphar or similar liquid vitamins to the water bottle, as someone else mentioned, as a daily supplement. Any use?
Best wishes and thanks again.
Giving a daily supplement in the water bottle won't do any harm as it may help to boost the immune system.
What foods are you feeding her? It might be a good idea to give a little baby food for a while - I use the powdered creamy porridge oat variety and mix this with a little water for any of mine who are unwell or elderly. It is full of nutrients and easy to digest. It is important to give her the usual dry mix too so that she has something to grind her teeth on. You could also give a seed mix of linseed, sunflower, sesame and pumpkin - these are really good for them as they help them regulate sugar and are full of omega oils. It won't harm to add this to her daily diet for a while too.