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I have a white dwarf hamster about 6 months old. Now I am pedantic about diet, it's environment and I check him daily. Water replaced regularly, bedding regularly. Overall he gets the same treatment I would expect if I could not do it myself.

I picked him up this evening and noticed under his belly a sort of brownish scab that sort of protrudes out slightly. It's not like a scab that we would get from falling, instead it has sort of "grown" outwards.

There is no sign of inflammation and his hair doesn't seem to be falling out.

I am not sure what I should do? I have Aloe Vera gel but it is from the pharmacy and I do not want to apply this if it will make the hamster sick.

Also, because I play with him daily, I honestly don't know how I missed this if it was already there yesterday, unless it's possible from hurting himself (which I can't see how) as there is nothing dangerous or sharp in his cage. To me it looks a little too sketchy to be a normal scab.

Here is an image of what is happening under his stomach.

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I do think perhaps a vet may not be a bad call if it does not improve. I do want to try home remedies first though if anyone knows what this might be.

Thanks again!

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    Can you edit your question to include a photograph? – Piper Sep 25 '15 at 1:25
  • @Piper I am going to try... :) – Metamorphosis Sep 25 '15 at 4:40
  • @Piper Sorry it has taken me so long to upload an image. I needed help with this... – Metamorphosis Sep 25 '15 at 18:26
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If anyone is interested in an answer here. Took the little guy to the vet and it turns out that this was a is bit gunk inside the umbilical cord cavity which can happen from time to time. The vet cleaned him up with a little cotton swab and dettol (savlon) disinfectant. All came off. Skin looks good... So just a tip to hamster owners out there. Keep an eye on the tummy for build up in the middle. :-)

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