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Old 07-24-2019, 06:04 PM   #1
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Question Smelly large, softish poops? (Year and a half Syrian male)

Lately my adult Syrian Male Wembley has been having poops that smell way more than normal, and in a night a few of the poops arenít normal size, usually larger and round rather than the normal pellet shape. I spot clean them out of his cage every night, and heís not stressed from cage size since itís a 720 sq inch diy. At first they were a light colour, but after a week or so theyíre usually dark again but still smelly. I thought it was due to me feeding red bell pepper and it upsetting his stomach, so I just fed normal food for a few days (Higgins sunburst) and added in pinches of oats for fibre, and after maybe five days I fed broccoli and carrots for some hard veggies and fibre.
He still drinks as usual (change his water every second day) eats all his food (fed every second day, normally offer small pieces of fruit or veggie every second or third day, but have slowed due to this), and runs on his wheel, and comes to my hands to play or smell me, and wakes up around the same times so Iím just confused as to why his poop hasnít stopped smelling.
Attached a photo of one of the larger pieces, still wet though.

I have a vet an hour away, but they donít work much with small animals so Iím scared theyíll prescribe something to make him worse, and heís not displaying weird behaviour. Any experience with this?
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Old 07-30-2019, 01:27 AM   #2
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I haven’t experienced anything like this - it could be the red pepper may have upset his stomach. How is he now? Is he still producing similar poos?
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Old 07-30-2019, 08:43 PM   #3
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I haven’t experienced anything like this - it could be the red pepper may have upset his stomach. How is he now? Is he still producing similar poos?
After a while they still smelt slightly off, but were small again in size, hard, and a dark colour, with the occasional soft one in the bunch sticking to the bedding, but close to normal. Yesterday though I fed him a little bit of romaine and tonight he had diarrhea for the first time, not just soft poop. I’m thinking maybe he grew intolerant or irritated by watery veggies like lettuce and peppers so I’m going to stick to carrots, etc and see how it goes. He’s not old, I’d estimate a bit more than a year and a half but maybe he just can’t digest watery veggies like he used to?
Lately he’s been super playful and way more eager to sniff you and play with you and he still exercises, eats, and drinks so I’m thinking it must just be stomach trouble since he displays no strange behaviour.
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Old 08-04-2019, 02:34 AM   #4
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Lettuce is known to cause stomach upsets if too much is given plus it has very little nutrients in as it mainly water. So I personally wouldn’t give lettuce to my hamsters. Pepper on the other hand are safe but only in small amount occasionally.

Instead I would advise to stick with veg like carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, peas, cabbage - as these are usually the veg I feed my hamsters not only are they their favourites but they also have a high fibre content which should help to keep poos firm.
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Old 09-11-2019, 08:18 PM   #5
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I’m not sure if anyone will see this but I can’t seem to find how to make new posts; since the smelly poop days I went to a veterinarian two hours away and he prescribed Baytril and to start Wembley on some oxbow healthy handfuls (he called it block chow although that’s all I can find by searching that), I know they aren’t terribly nutritious on their own but I add some to his Sunburst and haven’t fed veggies for months.
He didn’t give enough baytril for the ten day twice a day dosage, more like seven days but his poop stopped having a smell for that period. Now, weeks later his poos are usually good size but have a super sour smell again. I’m wondering if it’s just cause he’s getting older? Could it even be from lack of non watery veggies? It’s been a couple months since baytril stopped so I’m not sure. He plays often, drinks lots, and eats normally so I’m just confused.
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