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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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My Hamsters stomach is swollen. No diarrhoea or wet tail symptoms

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My Hamsters stomach is swollen. No diarrhoea or wet tail symptoms but she has no droppings but her urine has a strong smell and she is sleeping a lot. But she will have a drink and take fod and climbed the stairs today. I always keep a hamster as my pets but this has me confused. Any advice please only had her since 10th January ­čśó
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Vet
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner and I regret that my state board of veterinary examiners doesn't allow me to speak to customers by phone in this venue. Please stay in this conversation if you wish. Although diarrhea is far more common with gastrointestinal disease in hamsters - and the most common problems seen in pet hamsters are enteropathies - we do need to consider that constipation (as evidenced by lack of droppings) does occasionally occur in the hamster who for any reason stops drinking enough water (which would be evidenced by highly concentrated and odiferous urine) or develops a gastrointestinal obstruction with foreign bodies such as bedding material or gastrointestinal parasites. Symptomatic therapy involves feeding high water-content foods such as fruits - apple, strawberry - and vegetables - lettuce and other fresh greens as well as having a pocket pet vet administer supplemental fluids by needle and presumptive worming medication. Vegetable oil orally may be of value as a lubricating laxative - a few drops of canola or olive oil., e.g. More serious intestinal disorders such as intussusception are possible as well and can only be corrected surgically which is rarely attempted. Her continuing to drink, eat, and climb stairs, however, should belie such a serious disorder. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Thank you for your kind accept. I appreciate it. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience.