I have a one year old female hamster and she has bilateral swelling and slight…

I have a one year old female hamster and she has bilateral swelling and slight redness above her private region that feels soft. She recently suffered a 2cm wound on her back that is already starting to scab over and it seems like she’s losing a little bit of hair. Also, it looks like her private region has some yellow discharge that’s already dried up, but I’m not sure if it’s residual urine or a possible symptom of infection.

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello Emily, I am not an expert on hamsters, and truthfully, I don’t know if any of us here is…but in an effort to provide you with some help I am going to jump in. Although I know it might sound a little silly to some, I think you need to bring your hamster into someone who can take a look at her. There are many vets who see pocket pets and I think that it is a good idea to search for one in your area. They will do an examination on your hamster and identify if it is… Read more »

Kelly Furgason
6 years ago

HI Emily,  What you are describing sound like a few things I am familiar with when dealing with hamsters…First thought is “wet tail”..it’s a infection that really needs to be treated with antibiotics or it can get worse quickly. Wet tail is caused from several reasons, stress, cage not being cleaned often enough among other things.  Other things it could be….How did your hamster get the back wound? Is your hamster alone in a cage or with other hamsters? If a random wound appears and the hamster is alone it could be self inflicted, or it could be a skin… Read more »