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Healthy hamsters do not have flaky skin.
A: At 2 years of age, a hamster is considered an older adult. Just as with any pet that ages, there are conditions that become more common as they get older. The skin is considered an organ as much as the liver, the heart and the kidneys are organs. The condition of the skin can be used as an indicator of overall health and flaky skin may indicate there is a problem with your hamster’s health.
Fortunately, with changes to the skin, it takes only a few relatively simple tests to determine the cause of the problem. The first thing that will occur is that your veterinarian will ask you some questions about diet, changes to the humidity and temperature of the cage area, or exposure to parasites in order to help pin down the cause of the problem, even before a physical examination is done. Then diagnostic tests that include microscopic examination of the hair and skin cells can reveal many of the possible causes of the skin changes. Finally, a skin biopsy or culture may be needed to determine the definitive answer to the problem.