furless hamster in NYC
New to the forum. We have a syrian hamster named Smootsy. She's a little over a year old.
Recently, after adding some new bedding, she began to lose the fur from her butt and her tummy. The fur on her back higher up, near her head, was otherwise okay.
We thought the new bedding was sticking to her fur and she was scratching her fur off out of annoyance. We changed back to the old bedding, but her skin continues to be slightly red, slightly scaly, and we've recently noticed some scabs. In addition, there is a small patch of little tiny black dots.
Any takers on what's going on? We suspect mites, and less likely some kind of fungal infection. We bought a "mite and lice" bird spray and are using that on her fur and her cage. We've thrown out her ball, her old bedding, and some other stuff that might have been contaminated.
Also, we want to take her to a vet. We live in New York City. Any good vets to go to? What price should we expect to pay?
Thanks a lot in advance!