Pet of the Month – November

by on January 16th, 2012

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Wet tail is one of the most serious intestinal diseases that affect hamsters. Named for the wet, dirty tails that accompany the disease, wet tail is most commonly seen in three to six week old hamsters, but can affect hamsters of any age. All breeds of hamsters are susceptible. Thankfully Whizz’s owners recognised the signs of diarrhoea and brought him immediately to the surgery. Treatment consisted of antibiotics, anti-diarrhoeal medications and both subcutaneous and oral fluids to combat the severe dehydration, which is usually the the most serious life-threatening complication associated with the disease. Although a number of hamsters do not survive, Whizz was hospitalised and after much love and care his bowels settled and he is his old happy self.

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