Hamster Diarrhea Cure
The causes of a hamster with a diarrhea are few. If the diarrhea is just that and not the more severe type referred to as hamster wet tail, it’s usually caused by three or four different factors.
The first cause can be due to a virus infection.
Even more probably the diarrhea is caused by far too much greens or foods with laxative agents. (you’re making him poo like crazy mofo!)
It can also occur due to dirty conditions of life (hey we all were kids and kids DO NOT clean) or during times of elevated levels of stress like a pregnant hamster.
Signs of Hamster Diarrhea
The clear symptoms of Hamster Diarrhea are similar to that of the dangerous disease called “wet-tail” but there are some things that differate.
A normal case of diarrhea will have feces that are soft and light in color. Other than that, the hamster will not look sick, or lose it’s appetite.
Diarrhea caused by a virus will in most cases make hamster look bad and sleepy. In difficult occasions, the hamsters poo will be very watery causing it’s tail to be wet.
Treating a Hamster with Diarrhea
If you see that your hamster seems fine other than its diarrhea, slightly change it diet to a dry food and limit fruits and vegetables until a few days after it has fully recovered. During that time, make sure the hamster remains well hydrated and its habitat stays at a temperature 70-85*f. In severe cases, you might consider going to the vet to get antibiotics.
In addition to antibiotics, your hamster should be given plenty of fluids, by eye dropping if necessary. You can give your hamster a few drops of kaolin preparations or charcoal three times a day. In any case, for good hamster health, you should separate the ill hamsters from the others and also thoroughly clean their cages.
Hamster diarrhea can lead to a condition called “wet tail“.
Its a bacterial infection that can be deadly to hamsters if left untreated. It must be cured.
If you are nutring your hamster(s) food with a lot of water like fruits and vegetables, you should consider stopping. Stick with the standard dry hamster food.
How to not confuse diarrhea with wet tail:
Do not mix up the diarrhea with “Wet Tail“.
Diarrhea is generally the result of overfeeding fresh vegetables and fruit, a sudden dietary mutation or stress. (Improperly cleaned bottles with a build up of green algae can also provoke diarrhea.) Signs include loose droppings that are lighter in color than normal and a wet or dirty “anus zone.”
Take away all fresh fruits and vegetables and keep him/her on a “dry diet” (grains) and plenty of water. Fresh products can be introduced after the diarrhea has subsided for two or three days. If the diarrhea does not improve within a few days, veterinarian advice should be sought.
Diarrhea can be caused by a few reasons. A disease is always a possibility, so if after a few days it doesn’t clear up, see a vet. And fresh fruits and vegetables can be fed two or three days after the conditions cease. I usually wait a week, just to be safe.
Below there is a video that explains what are the signs of “wet tail”.