One of the things I pride myself on most for this blog is all the various information you could possibly need about hamsters is in the one place, right here!
Now as we know Eve sadly past away in Feb of this year (2014) but I felt it only right to document and report her symptoms and treatment and what was actually wrong as someone else somewhere might have the same problem with their pet and want the know-how..
After holding my female Syrian Eve, I noticed a little dried blood around her tail.
Please note I am including pictures of her poorly bum in this post so other worried pet owners can compare. If you don’t wanna see a poorly hammy bum then feel free to not read the rest…
Okay so first things first:
Where is the blood coming from?
If you hamster has just bitten or scratched themselves or even caught there backsides on an edge then you should be able to see that this might be causing the bleed. In this instance you can just take a cotton bud and the smallest amount of clean warm water to gently wash the area. You’ll need to keep an eye on it to make sure its not an irritation to your hamster but you may be able to save a visit to the vet.
If its not an obvious cut and you suspect its coming from your furries pee then get yourself to the vets, someone needs to take a good look at him/her as soon as possible.
So there is blood in my hamsters pee, now what?
If its blood in your little furries pee then there is no question, you need to get to the vets as sooooon as possible. Blood in your pee for any creature isn’t a good sign.
Is blood a sign of wet tail?
It is only a very very serious sign of wet tail, but chances are you’ll notice a very wet and poopy bottom area before bloody pee if it is wet tail. If you suspect its wet tail, GO TO THE VET NOW!
I took Eve to the vet after I noticed some blood in her bedding and it was drying to her tail and looking probably a lot worse than it was. I couldnt see any open cuts so still figured it was well worth a visit to the vets.
After a little examination, and some very cute waddling over the vets table, it was suggested she had a little case of cystitis.
What is cystitis?
Its a little bladder infection, that apparently isn’t just something humans can suffer with!
So the vet has sent us home with some antibiotics and some anti inflammatory medicine to try and settle her poorly bum. This medicine comes in a little vile and needs to be administered every day for 7 days, preferably after shes eaten. But its surprisingly difficult to get a hamster to actually eat on cue!
Now in this case, cystitis can usually be treated easily with the antibiotics.
In Eve’s case the bleeding was not cleared up because nearing the end of the week course of antibiotics, there was now pus and blood on her bum and this was obviously a sign of something much more serious.
What do I do if the bleeding hasn’t stopped during the course of the antibiotics?
Get yourself to the vets sooner rather than later, I really cannot stress this enough!! The earlier this issue is caught by the vet the better chance your hamster has of recovering. Hamsters are so small and tiny they can be weakened substantially by any little infection so you need to act quick with these things so your hamster can have the most strength to fight back.
The bleeding has cleared up. Is my hamster okay now?
By the sounds of it, yes. Keep a close eye on your hammy over the next 7 days just to be doubley sure though.
What does pus and blood on my hamsters bum mean?
It means you have a very serious infection on your hands, antibiotics are your best shot at clearing this thing up and the sooner you get them into your hamsters system the better chance you have of making a full recovery.
I only have experience of Eve suffering from this and the vet told me it was a womb infection. Obviously I cant be sure if these symptoms or issues would be similar for a male hamster. Basically this infection had gotten so serious for Eve, it had spread to her lungs and was restricting her breathing.
I unfortunately did not catch this symptom quick enough and after a suspected bladder infection already weakening her, Eve did not have the energy or strength to fight this womb infection. I very sadly had to have Eve put to sleep to put her out of her pain and suffering. I hope that if you are reading this worried about your hamster, please go to the vet ASAP to get it checked out. I was too late to help but you dont have to be. Be persistent to your vet, ask questions and be sure they thoroughly examine your small furry!
If you have any desperate questions, I have a contact page you are welcome to get in touch through. However please remember I am no vet! And if youre hamsters have any of the issues as described above, just take them to a vet! I wont be able to suggest differently!
Stay safe hammys xx