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    Demodex mites

    I noticed today that Woody, our old boy, has a small patch of thinning fur on one hip, and he has some small black spots on the skin underneath. Could this be a demodex infestation? If so, do I need to quarantine him in a separate room from our other hamsters - his cage is currently in the middle of our hamster room. The last thing I want is to have an outbreak.

    Not ever come across mites before in all my hamster owning years, so not really sure how best to deal with it!

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    RE: Demodex mites

    Is it not just some pigment on and around they hip scent glands? We often find that they get practically no fur there and can get patchy pigment spots, particularly in light coloured males as they age. If you are worried you take him in for a skin scrape at the vets.

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    RE: Demodex mites

    It's a bit further back from the scent glands, he has always had fairly prominent glands but this fur loss is new and extends down towards one back leg.
    I will get him checked out anyway to be on the safe side!

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    RE: Demodex mites

    black spots doesn't sound like mites to me. I've had quite a few mite outbreaks (mostly robos) and i've never seen black spots. Usually, there's just baldness and flakiness.

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    RE: Demodex mites

    It is very unlikely to be mites Elaine.
    It may just be age thinning with pigmentation in the skin becoming more visible with the thinning.
    Thinning fur and the small black spots you mention are a symptom of Cushings disease though so I would look into that as being a possibility.

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    RE: Demodex mites

    Quote Originally Posted by Sue
    Thinning fur and the small black spots you mention are a symptom of Cushings disease though so I would look into that as being a possibility.
    i thought that, too, but wanted someone else to say it so i aren't crazy-cushings-obsessed-lady

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    RE: Demodex mites

    Quote Originally Posted by Amy
    Quote Originally Posted by Sue
    Thinning fur and the small black spots you mention are a symptom of Cushings disease though so I would look into that as being a possibility.
    i thought that, too, but wanted someone else to say it so i aren't crazy-cushings-obsessed-lady
    But I thought you were the crazy cushings obsessed lady Amy though we are catching you up on that front

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    RE: Demodex mites

    Hmm, hadn't thought of Cushings as although it's on the hips it doesn't look like the one case of Cushings I have had in my hams, and because this fella is out of a popular show line so I hadn't expected to see it. I will bring that up as a possibility to the vet, though. The skin underneath looks very pink and healthy and there's no sign of any cracking or scaliness, just fur loss on the one side, and this has happened quite fast. Poor little devil has only just come off a course of antibiotics for a sore on his tummy which was put down to urine scalding (he tends to sleep in his wee and has had this problem before) and that has all healed up lovely.

    This is how it looks:



    and a side on shot of whole hamster so you can see where it is:


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    RE: Demodex mites

    Is he old? I have an old guy here and that is where he first started losing fur, through age.

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    RE: Demodex mites

    We have had a couple go like that too. I put it down to urine burns as we treat all of our hams regularly for mites so it isn't that. Some are more prone to playing in their toilet corners and the only option is more anti'b's

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