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Sick Hamster - Signs and Treatment of Wet-tail

Updated on February 16, 2010

Wet-tail

Hamsters are not the only small animal that can get "wet-tail," but they are the most common small animal to succumb to it. Chinchillas, rabbits, gerbils, rats, and mice, can all get wet-tail, as it is caused by stress. For the most part wet-tail is nothing more than extreme diarrhea. Without treatment, your pet can die within 24-48 hours, all depending on how soon you catch it. Once your hamster has had wet-tail and has been treated, he cannot get the illness again.

What Causes Wet-tail

As I mentioned above, wet-tail is stress related.

  • Too much handling
  • Change in environment
  • Change in diet
  • Inadequate cage cleaning
  • Being away from mother and/or siblings
  • Death of a tank mate

Baby hamsters are more succeptable to wet-tail than juvenile and adult hamsters.

Symptoms of Wet-tail

The symptoms may not appear for a few days or so, but once they set in, you can see various symptoms.

  • Wet bottom end
  • Smell/ foul odor
  • Diarrhea
  • Lethargy
  • Lack of appetite
  • Excess sleeping
  • Not grooming itself
  • Walking with a hunched back

The most obvious symptom will be the wet bottom, tail area.

Wet-tail Treatment

Well, luckily there are several products out today that can help cure wet-tail. You can take a trip to most of your local petstores to include Petsmart and Petland to grab a bottle of 'Dri-Tail' or 'Wet-tail Drops.' Or, you can go to a vet that sees hamsters, and he can put the hamster on Baytril or Sulfatrim.

Personally, I have had better luck with 'Dri-Tail' than with the vet prescribed medicines.

Prevent Wet-tail

For a new hamster, you can prevent wet-tail by (1) having the cage completely set up before bringing home the hamster, (2) set the hamster up in his cage and leave him alone for a MINIMUM of 1-2 days allowing him time to adjust to his new surroundings, and (3) set up the cage in a quiet place with less traffic.

If you already have a hamster that you're worried about, (1) watch how much you handle the hamster, (2) watch the duration he is out of his tank, (3) try not to change his food or surroundings drastically, and (4) do not add any new hamsters in with him.

Pebbles and Rocky
Pebbles and Rocky

My Story with Wet-tail

At one time, I had three hamsters (two girls and one boy). Rocky, the boy, was supposed to be a female, but he grew up a boy (ha). He bonded very closely to Pebbles, so I kept him caged with Pebbles, and moved Roxy into another cage, as she was heavily pregnant. Living together for months and having a litter of babies, Rocky and Pebbles became a husband/wife couple. Where one was, the other was not too far behind. It was actually rather cute. Until, my boyfriend was trying to clean the cage one day and, not paying attention, slammed the lid back on. Well, I found poor Rocky with his head caught in-between two tubes where the tube from the lid and the tube from the base met. Pebbles was on the other side of the cage, heavily pregnant at this point, not moving and not eating. Realizing that she had wet-tail as she was upset of the death of her husband, I quickly ran to Petland and bought 'Dri-Tail.' She was almost cured of the illness, when she had her litter. This stressed her body out so much more, and even though she was almost cured of wet-tail, she ate the babies a few days after she had them and died shortly after. She knew her body could not take it with the stress of labor and what was left of wet-tail. (So currently, I just have Roxy left of the original three. She is doing fine as she had not been housed with either Pebbles or Roxy for months prior to the incident.)

At work, daily, I see hamster after hamster getting wettail. Many of the hamsters are on a heavily walked section of the store. With people knocking on the cages, peering in, and just plain walking by constantly, the hamsters stress easily. I have helped to cure many hamsters of wet-tail using the leftovers of my 'Dri-Tail' as well as the vet's prescribed medicines.

Wet-tail is not a pretty illness for hamsters to get, and if not caught early enough not even vet prescribed medicines or commercial brand medicines will heal the hamster. Your best bet with wet-tail is to keep a commercial brand on hand in case, and try to watch the environment of the hamster, to include placement of the cage and how/duration of handling time.

Disclaimer: Please be aware that the advice in this article should in no way replace that of a licensed veterinarian. The methods outlined above may or may not work for your pet. If you have any concerns, you should consult a specialized reptile veterinarian.

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      lea 3 years ago

      what doesit mean when a hamster gets a brown tail

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      Me 4 years ago

      I really hope that my hamster doesn't get wet tail I am probably going to get an older one soon but I still hope that it doesn't get wet tail thanks for the advice I'm just trying to find a small pet and my friend has a hamster so I decided that I should get one too. What should I do if my hamster isn't cured by the dry-tail and I don't have a vet to take it to. Thanks.

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      noname 5 years ago

      my hamster is a winter white and he has a wet chin/throat. underneath his body. is that a sign of wet tail

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      gaby 1 year old 5 years ago

      help my hamster has a brown wet bottom!!!!!

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      lee machado 5 years ago

      My hamster got medication thru the tube into the mouth and its the 3rd day and he just looks worse and worse and now is just sleeping and will not move or eat at all. Meds do not help at all.

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      Sooty 5 years ago

      Hi, I got my hamster a week ago now, noyiced on the second day of having her that she had the sytoms of wet tail, I took her to the vets who prescribed baytril. She now seems more active, is eating and drinking again and her poo is becoming morr solid....does this mean she ks recovering from it?

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      Kaylee 5 years ago

      my hamster just has a seasure so i put in his symptoms after what happened. it came up with wet tail and said stress somewhat causes it, but he hasn't been stressed. maybe he got an infection because my grandfather had a severe infection in his surgery wound. he might be stressed though too because he has been alone because my grandfather is in the hospital. do you know what to do for hamster seasures?

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      laura 5 years ago

      A few days ago I noticed my hamster was acting differently. I googled the symptoms and came across wettail. She had some symptoms but I was not sure until this morning when her backend was soaking. I panicked and phoned the store i purchased her from an made a vet appointment. In the end, I took her back to the store where she has hopefully been treated and I got a new hamster, we only had our hamster 5days when she had wettail.

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      honey 5 years ago

      my hamster is sick of wet tail I love her very much and don't want her to die what can I do.

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      buttercup14 5 years ago

      hi, i think my hamster has wetail, she has 6 out of 7 of the symptoms, i'm really worried about her because she is my 2 and only 4 months old. my mom also wont let me take her to avet.

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      Rob 5 years ago

      My syrian hamster named tomy has wet tail. I just transferred him to another newly cleaned glass cage with tissue paper beddings and put it in a dark silent place to lessen the stress of tomy also i added some dried food mix in front of him. Im just hoping that it will help him to recover from his wet tail :( any suggestions what else can i do? Thanks in advance more power hamster lover.

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      Bree 5 years ago

      Um my hamster well a robo has wet tail and I think she might die tomorrow

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      Korey pink 5 years ago

      My hamster barley wakes up is that bad?

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      Kittykat 5 years ago

      I had a hamster die of wet tail . But when i went to clean the cage i found old blood in a nest.

      I got a new hamster now but if your hamster dies of wet tail make shudder you clean the cage with hot soapy water. It will kill of the bacteria because i heard somewhere wetail is contaigus! Just be carefull with new hamsters

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      Mandy melody milly 5 years ago

      I thought my hamster had this but turns out it was a tumour and she had to be put down :( my advice is to see a vet the instance you see something odd!

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      Teddybearhmstr 5 years ago

      Hi…… this is my 2nd hamster i just got her and she seems to have diarrah and her belly is sorta wet not really but she has not eaten but she has been sleeping and active no hunchback either just dirraih im worried i also read somewhere else that teddy bear hamsters are more likely to get this is it true? I just got her today is it too soon to declare that was it just the moving and stuff idk im confuzzed plz help:)

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      Sad hammy/lily k 5 years ago

      Does anyonu know what dark brown pee means

      Is it diarreah?

      PLEASE HELP?

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      Sad hammy/lily 5 years ago

      PLESE HELP!!!!!!

      MY HAMSTER HAS DARK BROWN PEE! IS IT DIARHEA?

      plz help me I don't want him to die !?? :(

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      Jenn 5 years ago

      my long haired hamster peanut died last night. she wasn't drinking or eating much in the last few days. i cant stop crying. she was so sweet and gentle. i am glad shes not in pain anymore but i miss her. i held her as she took her last breath. i hate when my babies die, feels like a piece of me died as well

      reat in peace peanut i love you

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      Lily k 5 years ago

      Fyi

      My hamster is male and wil be one in febuary this year. I do not feed him fresh veggies but his mix has corn and sunflower seeds which are his favorite. I really hope you answer me because I am so scared for him and I love him more than everything I own.

      Signed sad hammy :(

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      Lily k 5 years ago

      My hamster has dark brown pee

      And a lot of it. It has been off and on every few days! Is this diarrhea or a sign of illness????

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      Jenna 5 years ago

      I have wrote on this page twice before and i had my third hamster then.It was going fine it was six weeks and i let it out in the morning in its ball and then i went upstairs to clean its cage and it was acting weird that's when i started crying cause i thought that it was going to dye.And it did and i cryed all night and im still upset.My mom said that it didn't have wet tail.But I still didn't know what it was. im sorry to my hamster.

      R.I.P

      Max A Million

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      tea evard 5 years ago

      my baby hamster has a wet bottom and has a hunched back he is eating and drinking and my vet doesn't take hamsters. i bought some antibiotics but they wont work!

      pleeeeeese help

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      corey 5 years ago

      my hamster has wet tail now i know it im skared he might die should i give him green tea.

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      Olllie 5 years ago

      My hamsters dying from wet tail as we speak and it's too late to get treatment. It's terribly sad :(

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      MAE Mason 6 years ago

      please I am begging you :'( my hamster has a wet bum and I gave her some food, she ate it. And I saw her grooming herself every 5 mins. But she has all the other symptoms

      PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!:'(

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      jen+ken=bff 6 years ago

      That story is very sad it makes me want to cry i have a hamster and i ? it dearly it frightens me sometimes when it acts weird but it has been 9 days and this is my 3rd hamster and so far everything is okay and i hope that it stays that way i don't know what i would do if i loose this hamster i know that i would be very upset though but i think that this one will live so im happy right now i hope if any bodys hamster gets wet-tail that they need to know that to know to get dry-tail imiditalty

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      Max A Million 6 years ago

      I have had two hamsters and have both past very sad but that's the past they said that they didn't have wet-tail i don't no what is was but here i am living happily with my 3rd hamster i love it dearly? it has been a week now and everythings okay so i know that everything is okay

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      Mina 6 years ago

      When I thirst got my hamster Amy I thought she had wet tail but luckily she did not. It was a case of her being white. However my hamster before (Cathrine)She died because her blood circuit in her leg got cut off because special hamstar fluff got tangled round it.

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      Eileen Goodall 6 years ago from Buckinghamshire, England

      If your hamster gets wet tail, or there's blood, or there's pus or a bad smell please please take your hamsters to the vet or a local RSPCA if there's one near you to get a decent opinion, if you catch it early enough they can give it antibiotics and your hamster will recover, even a couple of days can make the difference between your hamster surviving or not.

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      Chelsea 6 years ago

      When my old hamster Pumpkin had wet tail i took her to the doctor and they gave her this medcine, so for those that have a hamster with wet tail take it too the doctors but if you don't take your hamster to the doctors keep your hamsters warm day and night, don't put your hamsters cage in the sunlight, just rap your hamsters cage up with a blanket or your dressin-gown. Ok ? thanks hopefully that should help.

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      TiiNY 6 years ago

      I got a hamster on August 27th. She was a female. A week later, September 3rd, I was cleaning out her cage as I noticed that she was wet on the bottom. I didn't know what it was at first & I ended up finding her dead on Sunday morning. I was so upset because I got attached so quickly, she was gorgeous! Luckily, I had a 15 day warranty. I went Sunday afternoon to Petco & I was able to exchange her for another one. I got a male. He's white and grey & has red eyes. Nothing will ever replace my female hamster though. :( The manager that helped me out at Petco with the exchange told me that cabbage is good for hamsters. He also told me that a cool breeze could also kill your hamster. Now I know what I should and shouldn't do with my hamster. :)

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      lorrena 6 years ago

      if your hamster survives from wet tail it takes 7days too wet tail disappear. my advice next time buy a hamster which will be 9 or 12 weeks old, older hamsters has bigger chance to survive from wet tail than younger hamsters. ohno: how old is your hamster?

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      lorrena 6 years ago

      ohno: if she has a wet tail you should take her to the wet immediately, wet tail is a deadly diseases , she can die 24-48 hours! best thing take her to the wet, after when the wet gives antibiotics , keep her warm, take out all her items from the cage, put lots of bedding and make for her a nest, then give her antibiotics every 2-3hours about 2 drops, try to give her a non flavor yogurt, but don't give her any vegetables fruits for a couple weeks!. i had experience with vet tail with my 3 hamsters 1 of the hamsters didn't survive , and 2 hamsters survive now they're 5 and 6 months old, but im worried about my new hamster which i bought a week ago! i don't know if shes prenant or has wet tail yet, both symptoms is similar!.. i might take her to the vet, and you too take your hamster too before becomes worst!

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      lorrena 6 years ago

      hi i do like to ask you, my hamster has abit wet back, and his tail abit wet too, she was sleeping not in the big house nest because she is only 8 weeks old and small hamster.. she doesn't walk hunched and she eats+ plius drinks a lot of water than it use to drink :O, well i took of the house today and now she made a huge nest, could it be she is pregnant? eats lots , put food in the nest, drinks lots.. but she is abit wet.. can you email the answer to the littleangel@hotmail.lt? thanks for your help, im so worried about my new hamster :(

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      ohno 6 years ago

      i think my hamster has wet tail. her bottom is wet and there is little fur on it. help?

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      BellaBoo#1 6 years ago

      Hi haha......so today i held my hamster bella and she was wet so I looked and her but was wet and she bit me not hard but enough to be like "what are you doing" witch creeped me out cause she bit me once in almost 2 years I have had her and so my mom ordered meds from amazon and I was kinda mad cause I don't want her to die before they get here she got all 3 cause she loves her....haha so I really hope she ok all she has is a wet bum I didn't notice anything else!!

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      Chaz 6 years ago

      Ive had my hamster for about a month now and she has been fine till tonight. I have reilised that her bum is wet and she is walking with a hunch. I tried to handle her tonigh but she bit me gently like i was hurting her I'am phoning the vets first thing tomorrow as I am sooo worried about her Does this mean she might die in the next 24 hours?

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      charlie 6 years ago

      Hi i got my hamster 5 days ago he has wet tail we think and has bin treated by vets for it his bin put on a high fiber liquid diet which i have to suringe feed as his not eating or drinking, is there any thing else i can do to help the runny poo

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      Roborovski101 6 years ago

      I have 2 Robo hamsters. Both are males and live together. When I first got them, they started fighting. Donut has missing fur above his tail and its not growing back. He tail also looks yellow. Is he sick? Should I take him to a vet? Please help!!

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      tinkerbelle 6 years ago

      my hamster is really cold and is bearly moving, it has diarrhea. We have put it in a blanket and a hot water bottle underneath and she is waking up and moving more. Is this wet-tail ?

      please help!!

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      NIcole 6 years ago

      I recently bought a hamster. And about 3 days after g=having her noticed that she is all wet under her back end... It smells like urine. And she is sleeping a lot more than usual , she didn't wake up to play on her wheel lastnyt like she normally does and im really worried. Could anyone please give me some advice as i love her to bits and really dnt want to lose her.

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      susan 6 years ago

      I have 2 dungariam dwarf hamsters. We got one 2 start w/ another a few days later so she wouldn't b lonely. We introduced them on a large play area first b4 caging them 2gether. It seems that they keep fussing and squaking @ each other. I want to keep them both because I have fell in love with them, but I don't want them hurtn each other. Any ideas??? And the one hamster does have a wet tail but her fecal matter is solid. Its like when she pee's her entire lower belly is wet. I've researched wettail and it doesn't appear that's the case @ all. So y is she wet on her lower belly???

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      - - - - - - -  6 years ago

      @Kathy Hogue

      The white liquid is the urine of the hamster.

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      Lacey 6 years ago

      You are an idiot u killed your hamster and write it on here as if its nothing you are not even supossed to put 2 syrian hamsters together because they will kill each other and also shop brought medecines for wetail are the worst, they mask symptoms and don't cure them. You are selling this advice which people may well follow and end up doing more harm to their hamsters than good.

      If you want advice you should seek a vet.

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      Lily 6 years ago

      Are your hamsters still alive?

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      Carla 6 years ago

      Please help Me!!

      I think my hamster has wet tail though we only saw the first couple of symptoms last nite. My hamster Elmo has just turned 1 and has never had any problems before. I just got him out and he isn't interested in eating food( which is strange coz he loves food) or drinking and is walking quite slowly with a bit of a hunch back! Should I go and get the wettail over the counter stuff or go to a vet immediately?? im rele worried, i love elmo and i don't want him to die :'(

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      abbie 6 years ago

      my hamster teddy. has diareah all over his rear end does he have wet tail he sleeps a lot but i can put him in his ball and hes active he has a foul odor i already got some wet tail treatment for him and i put it in his water but he wont drink anything im scared pleaseee help me

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      jericha 6 years ago

      i had 6 hamster and i just baught a new one and 2 had wet tail one that had wet tail was peparica and when i got a new one i named it peper this is my last one but know i know that wet tail is very deadly to hamsters if not ceard and know i know how to cear it thanks for reading this by jericha

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      cinnamons mom 6 years ago

      she has wet tail, and Im giving er the water bottle treatment. I just figured out today that it was too high for her. I held her up to it, ( we got her a week ago) and she drank some.I als placed the bottle lower

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      acelynn phillips 6 years ago

      i got a new hamster,named buttons, several months ago and i think hes had wet tail for the past 1 or 2 months...and then when i came in from school today aka 2-18-11 he wasnt moving he wasnt drinking his water and he wasnt eating..i could see his ribs...and he wont open his eyes...I DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO!!!!!!!!!!!!!i am really scared and worried about him....he means the world to me.

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      Fuzzys mom 6 years ago

      I recently bought a hamster a few days ago. He seemed fine than the other day I checked on him and noticed a foul odor. I took him to the vet and the gave him some antibiotics. I have noticed that he is starting to eat and drink on his own and his rear end is not wet anymore just a little bit matted. I am wondering if he is getting better. I have had two hamsters who lived until they were both 2 and a half years old. I am really concerned. The vet said that my Fuzzy is only about 7 weeks old

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      Aly 6 years ago

      My first hamster henry got wet tail when he was a few months, luckily i acted quickly and treated him with over the counter wet tail drops via syringe, he loved to sleep in my pocket so i kept him nice and warm and constantly fed him a mixture of salt and sugar water to keep him hydrated, he survived and lived to almost 3 years! I think he died from either a) old age b) respritory infection or C) the medication the vet gave me to treat said illness.

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      Whitney 6 years ago from Georgia

      Josh, I don't recommend putting the treatment in the water bottle. I recommend syringe feeding the medication directly to the hamster

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      josh 6 years ago

      What would happen if the hamster doesnt drink the medicine because its not thirsty and dehydrates, and how much hay do you have to put for the hamsters

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      kevin  6 years ago

      i think my hamster has got wet tail bcoz its whole boday is very wet nd the hamster is very think nd doesnt move looks like dead bt its alive it now night nd cant find a docter cn it survive next 12 hours reply urgently

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      Kathy Hogue 6 years ago

      For Christmas as an early gift we purchased 3 hamsters for our three kids. On the fourth day of having the hamster, we let one of them walk around in his little ball. We noticed it had expressed a white liquid. Could this have been milk? Or would it have been diarrea? The hamster dosent seen sick.

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      Whitney 6 years ago from Georgia

      I don't think the green bean caused the wettail. Wettail is caused by stress, not food. I'm sorry for your loss though.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Never, EVER feed your hamster green beans! My family gave mine a piece of one as a treat and she died within a week from wet-tail. :(

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      callum james mccracken 6 years ago

      my hamster for some reason has had this really bad smell i dont know wat it is and im kinda worried

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      Whitney 6 years ago from Georgia

      Could be that the fur is matted and giving the appearance of a longer tail.

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      Laura 6 years ago

      My hamsters tail looks to be 3 times the normal length, and this has only occurred in the last few days! Part of the area looks quite bloody. He has taken to staying in his bed all the time only coming out for a few minutes, gathering food and going back into his bed! What do you think this could be??

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      Carrie 6 years ago

      Our hamster acted pretty normally for a new hamster when we first bought her. About two weeks later, we noticed that she had strange lumps protruding from her abdomen. We guessed that she was pregnant, and prepared accordingly. It has been two weeks since then, but there aren't any signs of change for the better. Instead, now she is incredibly lethargic and possibly might have wet tail. What should we do?

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      Natalie + Raison  6 years ago

      my sisters hamster has wetbottom i think do you have any good opinions on whats types of treatments we should by??? And how do i treat her its the first time she has ever got it so plz help!!

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      Nicole 7 years ago

      i just found out last night my hamster has wet tail ! i bought her on the 12th which was Sunday and i bought with this symptom and didn't think anything of it ! i noticed last night she look dehydrated and sickly ~ so today i bought her the wet tail medicine by oasis and the vitamin c to keep her healthy ! i have had hamsters almost all my life since i was in 2nd grade i got my own hamster but my brother had them longer :) i hope she will live ! and i hope i caught it early :/

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      hammylover 7 years ago

      Thanks for your really helpful comments. Hammy did always seem to have trouble pooing right from when we got him, always straining, but afterwards was ok, and poos were normal looking. Wonder if he could have had a weakness in the intestine or something

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      So let's say he was close to a year old... Hamsters live on average 1-2 years, so he could have just had a short natural lifespan. It's really hard to say what could have caused the death, when the hamster seemed otherwise healthy and was fed and kept fine.

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      hammylover 7 years ago

      He was 8 months old - this is his correct age as he was a baby when we got him. We did get him from a pet shop - he could have come from 'bad stock' maybe? not sure. They don't usually recommended buying from pet shops.

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      How old was the hamster? It could have been age.

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      hammylover 7 years ago

      My little Hammy died this morning I am very upset. I'm still not sure what caused it. About 6 weeks ago he was ill for about 3-4 days and lost weight and wouldn't eat or drink, then suddenly got better. But last weekend he got ill again, had diarrhea and wouldn't hardly eat or drink. This morning he died in my arms and was breathing about three times a minute, opening his mouth wide each time as if he couldn't breath through his nose. His bottom looked a mess, black and pooey. What could have been wrong? we kept him so clean.

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      If you're just breeding to have babies, it's not a good idea. I puts a lot of stress on the female. Do you know how to tell the difference in gender at 5 weeks? If not, leaving a boy in with mom, can cause her to become impregnanted again. You would have to separate mom and dad after breeding and after the pups were born.

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      hannah 7 years ago

      okay i wanted to get a male hamster so i could have babies seeing as a already have a female but everybook ive read says that its not a good i dea for the type of hamster i have (teddy bear-syrian hamster) due to the fact that they r very territorial but seeing as u have done this what to u think i should do

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      It may be the place that you're buying from. Many pet stores are prone to having sick animals. Try a different store.

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      Aimy 7 years ago

      one of my hamsters died about 3 days ago,and i suspect it was of a case of wet-tail caught to late,Feeling a little down i decided to buy another hamster and chose a very young one. I cleaned my old hamsters cage very good and put the new hamster in there and it seems that my new hasmter is already sick after bieng in there for one day! i intend to get meds from the local pet store but i was wondering if i should now put him in a different cage that isnt infected? or get the meds and still let him stay in the same cage? I'm not sure if the whole environment change will hurt him more while i wait for a chance to get the meds,or if staying in an infected cage while i wait for a chance to get the meds,..Help!

      -Please'N'Ty

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      Sydney 7 years ago

      My hamsters name is Benny and I noticed he got wet tail. I'm not sure how long he had it before I noticed, but I got him not medicine from the pet store. He refuses to take it, so I put it in his water. 2 days after I went to see him and where he slept was all bloody, I noticed a long bloody intestine looking thing coming out of his butt. I'm not really sure what to do, I'm almost certain he's gonna die within a few days. I plan to leave him alone and let him die in peace. If anyone knows exactly what it is, or if he's done for, please let me know.

      Thanks.

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      Kirsty 7 years ago

      My hamster passed away tonight, he didnt have wet tail i dont think but he just get pausing for about ten seconds alot and even when we wasnt he was moving slowly,he was not eating or drinking, and the morning of the day he dies, there was no poops in his cage, although he has sadly passed away now, i would still like to know what happened to him, Thanks xx

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      At that age, your hamsters is relatively old. I'm not sure what exactly is wrong, especially as I've never heard of or experienced a hamster exhibiting signs of dry mouth. That one confuses me. It could be some sort of respiratory concern that a vet may need to prescribe antibiotics for.

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      Baby Sheldon 7 years ago

      My hamster, Sheldon, is very sick and symptoms like irregular breathing, dry mucus around the mouth and nose, and not eating, drinking or moving is making me very worried. He is a Dwarf Hamster and is about one and a half years old with no previous problems except one incident that happened while cleaning his cage where the top portion of the cage was being removed and it accidently fell on my hamsters nose. He was wheezing for about five minutes, but after that, he was perfectly fine. What should I do? Is there any way I can help him? It sounds like he has a stuffy nose and it's clogged up. I'm so worried for him. :'(

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      I would stick with dry foods. But an added slice or two of carrot will help get some moisture in your hamster's body

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      Sarah 7 years ago

      My hamster has Wet-Tail. I'm going to the store to buy Dri-Tail, but right now I dont know what to feed him. I'm afraid that if I feed him something wrong the wet-tail will get worst! Should I feed him vegetables or his dry food, like nuts. HELP!

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      Yes it is possible, especially if you have teddy bear hamsters, as they are territorial and do not like being housed with a friend. Plus, you used a small enclosure without proper toys and hides, which means there is more risk of bullying and even cannibalism.

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      alex 7 years ago

      is it possible that my hamster killed her own tank-mate?

      I have 2 hamsters in 1 aquarium and in the 1st month they seem to be getting along fine, sadly i saw the female hamster eating the eye of my other hamster. i'm suspecting that she killed him,or he is sick in the first place, died and then gets eaten :(

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      It's better to purchase non-sick pets. Also keep in mind that teddy bear hamsters are best housed individually as they are very territorial.

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      Taffie36 7 years ago

      Hello, I was interested in purchasing 2 “black bear” hamsters today, but sadly I couldn’t because they both had wet-tail.

      I really was looking forward to buying them, but after reading the harmfull-ness of the wet tail, I need a second opinion on whether or not I should still buy them….

      If they get better would it be a good idea to buy them, or would it be better to buy non-sick hamsters?

      thanks, bye for now

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      ANNIE 7 years ago

      my hamster is not drinking what shall i do

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      I would try to get a wettail treatment.

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      Corky 7 years ago

      Hi, I think my sister's Hamster could have Wet Tail. She has got a wet bottom(like the picture you've got on here), she is not cleaning herself, she is walking with a hunched back, she is not smelling very nice and is not acting her self. Do you think Ruby(Hamster) could have Wet Tait? If you do, what should I do?

      Love,

      Corky. x

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      You can add the drittail to the water without any issues. That is actually a good preventative that should be considered when getting a new hamster.

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      Chewy lover 7 years ago

      We got a 7 week old black bear hamster 2 days ago. We have not handled him until today, but have let him run in his ball and a box playhouse with tubes. I think we handled him too much as he went to sleep in my hand toNIGHT. He is eating and acting normal other then this...but I fear we may have over-stressed him and he may be getting wet tail. His tail is not wet. Will I hurt him if I add dry tail to his water as a precaution? I have already decided to let him relax in his cage for a couple more days and keep an eye on him.

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      littleminx 7 years ago

      iv had my hampster amber le for about 2 yrs,shes just got wet ,tail ,the vets gave me antibiotic dropbut hate giveing them 2 her as i hage 2 forse them down her throught n she shits hrself realy bad,its horrible,im scared shes goin t die hateing me,.

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      Trish 7 years ago

      Perhaps all of these sad stories about hamsters dying from stress and human error are an indication that these animals should not be kept as pets. The fact that they're nocturnal and humans are not pretty much guarantees that they will be stressed out. Why do we feel that if we think an animal is cute, we must capture it, put it in a cage, and stare at it? I will never understand that.

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      Sarah 7 years ago

      My hamster got wet tail, we took her to the vets and got her medicine, but we must have not caught it fast enough because she died during the night :_( woke up this morning and found her...

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      Lizzy:) 7 years ago

      I'm pretty sure my hamster has wet-tail- his poo is really runny and he smells horrible. Plus he always looks tired. I think I'll try dri-tail. I hope it makes him feel better!

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      Tayla566 7 years ago

      My hamster is a Robobrovski Hamster, and he has never been sick. And I really hope he dosnet get it too! His name is Sqeaky if u wanna know.

      Love,

      Tayla

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      Kittenlover741 7 years ago

      i got a new hamster yesturday..and she got wet tail..already, i reeally dont know wat i am doing wrong..plz, sombody help me!

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      devon26 7 years ago

      my sister got a hamster yesterday and she now has wettail!! my mum has just taken her to the pets at home vet where we got her!!! i am waiting for a call from her!! will my sisters hamster be okey????? i dont want her being upset!!!

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      Robin 7 years ago

      A few days ago I found my hampster on his back not moving, I thought he was dead so I poked him, was awake :) but now his eyes are crusted over badly and hes been sleeping alot latley, I thought he had wet-tail. but now I don't know :[ help us! :(

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      jen 7 years ago

      oh wow ma bab died today..i wish i had seen this post ...only had her 4 days ....i cried

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      mickey  7 years ago

      Thanks so much!

      my brothers hamster had 2 litters so far.(1st litter due her being in the wrong gender cage in the pet store, 2and litter caused my my younger brother mixing them up by accident)

      the rent was a super runt! she was no bigger then 1 or 2 inches. then, she got wet-tail! the worried the heck out of

      every one!then she died in my moms hands after a few squeaks. my mom held her all day keeping her warm, and to keep her separate from the others.

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      Kittenlover741 7 years ago

      well my hamster just died this morning i cried for many many hours..i still am cryin..in the inside... i hate WT!! why does it have to kill the poor poor hamsters!!! i am protesting against this!