Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Beware of Aspergillus fungus

Aspergillus fungus can become a huge threat to our hamsters. Unfortunately, many hamster owners don't even know it exists...

It grows on the bedding in the area of a hamster's cage where the hamster wees. Once it starts to develop it will appear white and in time turn black. It can cause damage to your hamster's lungs, and in many cases can lead to death. 

If your hamster suffers from these conditions, then take him/her to the vet immediately :
  • Breathing problems/wheezing 
  • Blood in the wee/urine
  • Inflamed or irritated skin 
  • Diarrhea (chronic - don't worry if you don't know about the chronic bit, just watch out for the diarrhea)
  • If your hamster is tired and lazy/ lethargic

Luckily, this fungus can easily be prevented by simply cleaning out your cage regularly and thoroughly with disinfectant or anti-fungicide.

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