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Date:   14 September, 2008
Focus: Small animals - dogs, cats, hamsters & rabbits
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Hamster cases documented by Dr Sing on Jan 4, 2002.  Updated: Sep 14, 2008
Case 1. Pneumonia
Pneumonia and stroke in a 2-year-old hamster, SingaporeThis 2-year-old hamster had a "stroke" or was dying from respiratory failure.  It could not get up from the right side.  Its nose had a purulent discharge and it was breathing rapidly.

A few months ago, its right hind leg had been caught in the wire flooring and fractured (see white circle in bigger picture).  It was not possible to repair the fractured tibial bone which was jutting out of the wound.  I cut off the protruding bone as it was a source of irritation to the hamster.

The hamster survived the fracture and no infection had set in for the past few months. Now, it was 2 years old and had pneumonia.  The life span of a hamster is around 2 years in Singapore.  Chances of it surviving the pneumonia were slim and it was euthanased.
Case 2. Cellulitis
Yellow pus extensively spread over the lower body of the hamster. Yellow loose rotting skin below the neck formed a thick wet exudate. It was due to a severe and extensive bacterial infection.

Widespread lower skin infections.  Singapore hamster. Cellulitis in this 2-year-old hamster with widespread pus on its lower body and hair loss was was fatal. It was now not eating and had lost all hair "suddenly".  It died 3 days later.

Bite wounds are common in hamsters kept together.  It is best to get the wounds treated early before the infections spread to cover the larger part of the skin, producing toxins and more bacteria and cell necrosis, killing off the hamster. 

Prevention of extensive cellulitis is important as it is very difficult to treat this condition. The Singapore hamster owner usually has no time, patience or money to treat such cases.

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