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My 18 month year old hamster is loseing fur, the areas do not

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My 18 month year old hamster is loseing fur, the areas do not look red or inflamed. his eyes look dull as does his fur, but he is eating well and still keen on company just seems alittle fragile. i have added vitamins to his water with no effect, when should I be taking him to the vet, dont want him to suffer.
Many Thanks Lizzie
Lizzie, I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. The most common skin problem seen in hamsters is hair-coat roughness. This is a nonspecific sign, however, associated with a variety of diseases or simply aging. Ginger Nut is nearing life-expectancy. While it wouldn't be unreasonable to have a pocket-pet vet take a look at him, I must admit that treatments may be unavailable or, at least, lacking in efficacy in an immune system compromised aged hamster. Pragmatically speaking, I would allow nature to take its course as long as he continues to eat well and be sociable. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
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