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Sick Hamster: Signs and Treatment of Wet Tail in Hamsters

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Whitney is a hamster parent and has raised a variety of species.

How to Prevent Wet Tail in Hamsters

How to Prevent Wet Tail in Hamsters

What Is Wet Tail in Hamsters?

Hamsters are not the only small animal that can get "wet tail," but they are the most common small mammal 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, this condition is indicated mainly by extreme diarrhea. However, without treatment, your pet can die within 24–48 hours, depending on how soon you catch the problem.

Wet tail immunity? Once your hamster has had this condition and has been treated for it, they cannot get it again.

What Causes This Condition?

As I mentioned above, this illness is stress-related. It can be caused by the following:

  • Too much handling
  • Change in the environment
  • Change in diet
  • Inadequate cage cleaning
  • Isolation or being away from the mother and/or siblings
  • The death of a tank mate

Symptoms of Wet Tail

The following symptoms may not appear for a few days or so, but once they set in, they are quite noticeable:

  • A wet rear/tail area
  • Foul odor
  • Diarrhea
  • Lethargy
  • Lack of appetite
  • Excessive sleeping
  • Lack of grooming
  • Hunched back
Veterinary diagnosis and care is recommended.

Veterinary diagnosis and care is recommended.

How Is This Condition Treated?

Luckily, there are several products out today that can help to resolve this condition, but it is always recommended that you first see a veterinarian. You can take a trip to most of your local pet stores (e.g., PetSmart and Petland) and grab a bottle of "Dri-Tail" or "Wet-Tail Drops." You can also go to a veterinarian that sees hamsters, and they can put the hamster on Baytril or Sulfatrim (this is the best and most responsible option).

How to Prevent This Condition

For a new hamster, you can prevent this condition by:

  • having the cage completely set up before bringing the new hamster home,
  • setting the hamster up in their cage and leaving them alone for a minimum of 1–2 days (allowing them time to adjust to their new surroundings), and
  • setting up the cage in a quiet place with less traffic.

If you already have a hamster that you're worried about, you should:

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  • watch how much you handle them,
  • limit the duration that he or she is out of their enclosure,
  • try not to change their food or surroundings drastically, and
  • not add any new hamsters to their environment.
One of my hamsters developed the condition.

One of my hamsters developed the condition.

My Experience With Wet Tail

I see hamster after hamster getting wet tail at my work almost daily. 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 are stressed. Luckily, we have been able to get rid of of the condition using "Dri-Tail" and veterinarian-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 a hamster. Your best bet is to keep a commercial-brand remedy on hand just in case and try to watch the environment of your hamster—including placement of the cage and duration of handling.

A Warning: My Hamster Developed the Condition and Died

At one time, I had three hamsters (two girls and one boy). Rocky, the boy, was supposed to be a female, but it turned out that he was a boy. He bonded very closely with my other hamster, Pebbles, so I kept them caged together. Where one was, the other was not too far behind. Because they had bonded, I kept them together for months.

One day, however, my boyfriend was trying to clean the cage and, not paying attention, slammed the lid back on. 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. Very soon she developed wet tail, as I can only imagine that she was upset from the death of her companion. I quickly ran to Petland and bought "Dri-Tail."

She was almost free of illness when she had her litter. Having her litter stressed her body out so much more, however, and unfortunately, she ate the babies a few days after she had them and died shortly after. So currently, I just have Roxy left of the original three.

Monitor Your Companions Carefully

This experience was particularly hard to get through, so I recommend that every hamster owner carefully monitor their companions for any indications of poor health. The sooner you intervene, the better.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

© 2007 Whitney


lea on October 01, 2013:

what doesit mean when a hamster gets a brown tail

Me on September 07, 2013:

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.

noname on July 11, 2012:

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

gaby 1 year old on June 08, 2012:

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

lee machado on May 02, 2012:

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.

Sooty on April 27, 2012:

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?

Kaylee on April 16, 2012:

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?

laura on April 10, 2012:

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.

honey on March 31, 2012:

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

buttercup14 on March 29, 2012:

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.

Rob on March 26, 2012:

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.

Bree on March 03, 2012:

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

Korey pink on March 01, 2012:

My hamster barley wakes up is that bad?

Kittykat on February 18, 2012:

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

Mandy melody milly on February 08, 2012:

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!

Teddybearhmstr on January 22, 2012:

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:)

Sad hammy/lily k on January 01, 2012:

Does anyonu know what dark brown pee means

Is it diarreah?


Sad hammy/lily on December 07, 2011:



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

Jenn on November 12, 2011:

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

Lily k on November 04, 2011:


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 :(

Lily k on November 04, 2011:

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????

Jenna on November 03, 2011:

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.


Max A Million

tea evard on November 02, 2011:

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

corey on October 24, 2011:

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

Olllie on October 12, 2011:

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

MAE Mason on September 20, 2011:

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!!!!!!!!:'(

jen+ken=bff on September 17, 2011:

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

Max A Million on September 16, 2011:

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

Mina on September 13, 2011:

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.

Eileen Goodall from Buckinghamshire, England on September 08, 2011:

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.

Chelsea on September 06, 2011:

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.

TiiNY on September 04, 2011:

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. :)

lorrena on September 03, 2011:

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?

lorrena on September 03, 2011:

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!

lorrena on September 03, 2011:

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 thanks for your help, im so worried about my new hamster :(

ohno on September 02, 2011:

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

BellaBoo#1 on August 24, 2011:

Hi 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!!

Chaz on August 23, 2011:

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?

charlie on July 26, 2011:

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

Roborovski101 on July 17, 2011:

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!!

tinkerbelle on July 03, 2011:

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!!

NIcole on June 11, 2011:

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.

susan on May 14, 2011:

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???

- - - - - - - on May 06, 2011:

@Kathy Hogue

The white liquid is the urine of the hamster.

Lacey on May 02, 2011:

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.

Lily on April 23, 2011:

Are your hamsters still alive?

Carla on March 28, 2011:

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 :'(

abbie on March 24, 2011:

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

jericha on March 11, 2011:

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

cinnamons mom on February 18, 2011:

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

acelynn phillips on February 18, 2011:

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.

Fuzzys mom on January 27, 2011:

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

Aly on December 27, 2010:

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.

Whitney (author) from Georgia on December 26, 2010:

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

josh on December 26, 2010:

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

kevin on December 25, 2010:

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

Kathy Hogue on December 22, 2010:

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.

Whitney (author) from Georgia on November 28, 2010:

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

anonymous on November 26, 2010:

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. :(

callum james mccracken on November 16, 2010:

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

Whitney (author) from Georgia on November 08, 2010:

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

Laura on November 08, 2010:

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??

Carrie on October 05, 2010:

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?

Natalie + Raison on October 01, 2010:

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!!

Nicole on September 15, 2010:

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 :/

hammylover on August 20, 2010:

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

Whitney (author) from Georgia on August 19, 2010:

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.

hammylover on August 19, 2010:

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.

Whitney (author) from Georgia on August 19, 2010:

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

hammylover on August 19, 2010:

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.

Whitney (author) from Georgia on August 17, 2010:

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.

hannah on August 17, 2010:

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

Whitney (author) from Georgia on August 09, 2010:

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

Aimy on August 09, 2010:

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!


Sydney on August 08, 2010:

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.


Kirsty on August 08, 2010:

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

Whitney (author) from Georgia on August 05, 2010:

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.

Baby Sheldon on August 05, 2010:

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. :'(

Whitney (author) from Georgia on August 03, 2010:

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

Sarah on August 03, 2010:

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!

Whitney (author) from Georgia on July 29, 2010:

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.

alex on July 29, 2010:

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 :(

Whitney (author) from Georgia on July 19, 2010:

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.

Taffie36 on July 18, 2010:

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

ANNIE on July 16, 2010:

my hamster is not drinking what shall i do

Whitney (author) from Georgia on July 12, 2010:

I would try to get a wettail treatment.

Corky on July 11, 2010:

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?


Corky. x

Whitney (author) from Georgia on June 27, 2010:

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.

Chewy lover on June 26, 2010:

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.

littleminx on June 23, 2010:

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,.

Trish on June 21, 2010:

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.

Sarah on June 15, 2010:

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...

Lizzy:) on June 14, 2010:

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!

Tayla566 on June 11, 2010:

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.



Kittenlover741 on June 02, 2010:

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!

devon26 on June 01, 2010:

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!!!

Robin on May 31, 2010:

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! :(

jen on May 26, 2010:

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

mickey on May 26, 2010:

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.

Kittenlover741 on May 24, 2010:

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

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