So I have received this question and concern SOOOOO many times, I figured it was about time I addressed this concern.
“There are lumps/moles on my hamsters hips. Are these tumors?! What are these and should I worry?!”
Excellent question and the very simple answer is NO you do not have to worry at all.
These ‘moles’ on your hamsters sides are scent glands.
They often aren’t covered by fur and can become more apparent as your hamster gets older and their fur thins out anyway.
On Banjo they aren’t too obvious but take a look at the picture below. You can see the parting in his fur and a ‘mole’ smaller than a penny on his hip.
These glands are nothing to worry about and are for marking territories and attracting a mate.
Hamsters can be prone to Scent Gland Infections.
This can cause your hamster to be unfriendly and nippy. Keep a close eye on their movement – if they are really struggling to walk or curl up, it could be a warning sign of an infection.
If your grumpy hamster lets you close enough, check their hip spots for any inflammation or puffiness. If there is any fluid or any noticeable swelling, you should take an immediate trip to the vet to get checked out.
Here is another picture of my late hamster Dexter. You can see the disturbance on his hip where his scent gland is.
So basically the long and short of this is, there is nothing to worry about.
Make sure you know what is NORMAL for your fur baby so if there is ever a change or problem, you can catch it quickly and get it sorted.
We love happy and healthy hamsters here ;)
CUDDLES AND SNUGGLES.