13 years ago
Anonymous

i think my hamster has kidney stones...?

I have a male Syrian cream colored hamster. Recently, he's been acting lethargic and is having problems peeing. He squeaks when he pees, and sometimes there is blood. I can't afford to take him to the vet again, however i am giving him antibiotics from a previous visit when he got neutered. We use to give him lots of fresh veg like spinach, carrots and broccoli as well as fresh fruit along with his dry pellet and seed mix. however, in his condition, i've removed all fresh food since i don't know what kind of diet to give a hamster with kidney stones. How should i proceed with his diet? and what else can i do to help his situation?
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13 years ago
The First Dragon
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I haven't heard about hamsters specifically with bladder/kidney stones or bladder infections, but I'll tell you what info I do have. It's a chronic condition, but you can control it by proper treatment. One of the most effective ways to prevent these stones it to drink extra water. I have a cat with bladder crystals. To get her to drink more water, I mix her canned cat food with water to make a kind of soup. So, maybe you could give the hamster a portion of its food cooked or soaked in water. I understand the hamster still needs to use its teeth; it can't have an all-mushy diet. There are different kinds of kidney/bladder stones. The most common kind (in humans, cats and dogs; so I'm guessing in hamsters too) is chemically basic, meaning it will dissolve when the urine is acidic. The way to manage this is to give large doses of vitamin C, specifically Ascorbic Acid, the cheap kind. This is an acidic form of vitamin C. When you take "too much" of it, it is excreted in the urine, making the urine more acidic. This is what you want. One vet did tell me that he didn't recommend Vitamin C because of the oxylates. But another vet disagreed and told me that I should use the vitamin C, and I did. I have used this treatment effectively on my dog, my cat, and various humans. From what I have read, taking "too much too much" Ascorbic Acid over a very long period of time can eventually lead to a different kind of bladder crystals. I haven't seen this happen. Another thing to know when dosing with vitamin C is that at some high dosage (it varies per individual) it can cause diarrhea. If this happens, cut back the dosage. BTW Ascorbic Acid is also a very good treatment for a bladder infection. It makes the urine inhospitable to the germs, and so the infection goes away. How much to give a hamster? That is a question. I generally give 5,000 mg per day to an adult human, or 500mg to a small cat; I don't remember how much I gave the dog. If you do decide to try this, you could probably get chewable C or vitamin C crystals and dissolve it in the water.... Well, I hope this was helpful.
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5 years ago
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13 years ago
Anonymous
Your hamster NEEDS fresh foods to be healthy.Fresh leafy greens are excellent, though not too much spinach because that isn't the best for them. A lot of plain lettuce is needed, cabbage is good, the leaves from the tops of celerys are also good. I tend to feed my hamsters timothy hay, alfalfa, or other such "roughage", depending on what they will actually eat. Fruits are good, but only in small quantities. Brocoli is good, celery is good, carrots are good. But the most important is the leafy greens.
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13 years ago
gtchic813
you can just call the vet and ask him/her any questions. using medicine from a past visit could be bad..u can cause more harm. give your hamster fresh water daily and dont give it any nuts or seeds..straight food. you can always do a payment plan with the vet...dont make the hamster suffer bc u cnt afford it..you should of known what u were getting into..
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13 years ago
Anonymous
Hamsters can not have kidney stones. Its impossible. Just give him fresh water and clean every inch of his cage. Fresh vegetables should help him too. If he does get worse take him to your vet.
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6 years ago
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7 years ago
Anonymous
WILL IT CAME BACK AGING
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