Thursday, 26 April 2012

W for Wet Tail disease

Day #23 of the A-Z Challenge

Wet tail is a horrible disease for little animals, which can kill them between 24 - 48 hours.

Animals which can catch this disease are hamsters, Chinchillas, rabbits, gerbils, rats and mice.

Causes of wet tail disease:
  • Too much handling
  • Change in environment
  • Change in diet
  • Inadequate cage cleaning
  • Being away from mother and/or siblings
  • Death of a tank mate

Symptoms of wet tail disease:                                                                     
  • Wet bottom end
  • Smell/ foul odor
  • Diarrhea
  • Lethargy
  • Lack of appetite
  • Excess sleeping
  • Not grooming itself
  • Walking with a hunched back

If you think your hamster has wet tail disease, act now.
The best thing to do would be to bring your hamster or other small pet to a vet and get prescribed medicine for him or her.
If you really can not get to a vet, you can buy a bottle of 'Dri-Tail' or 'Wet-tail Drops.' These are available in most pet shops or online.
I personally recommend the vet, but some people say the bought medicine works better.


  1. Scary... hope that doesn't happen to me. (Glup)

  2. Zoinks... thank you for the info.

    You have done a great job on the A to Z Challenge...
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  3. Wet tail is basically my worst hamster-related fear... I keep one of those bottles of wet tail drops on hand always with Rory. This is a really good post for newbies to hamster ownership, thanks for writing it.

  4. Thanks everyone for the great comments! I know... it's scary stuff...

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