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Old 12-04-2019, 01:57 AM   #1
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Exclamation Help/advice - looked like blood on the end of hamsters genitals?

Hi

I've had Juno just over two weeks now he was quite anti social and is golden with red eyes, was going to be put up for adoption as he wasn't 'liked'. He's come on really well at home we took things slowly and he'll happily run up my arms now and be stroked.

Last night he was reluctant to come out.. Spending more time in bed but eventually got in his giant mug we sometimes use for play. He was cleaning himself a lot (though I'm not sure what's normal) and I was shocked to then see his genitals pop out and what looked like a bloody clot in the end? He cleaned it and it looked normal then went away....

No visible blood in his pee corner or around his bottom end. It happened twice but after a thorough all body clean he perked up and wanted to get out and run around on the bed/on me and wasn't wanting to go back into bed.

He's on the same gourmet food as he was fed at pet's corner.. He has in the last week realised his strength and enjoys climbing, could be he fell awkwardly in the cage. It's not a high one though lots of floor space and thick layer to cushion. He is drinking water too.

Any advice? Thank you.
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Old 12-05-2019, 04:48 PM   #2
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Default Re: Help/advice - looked like blood on the end of hamsters genitals?

Can we have pics of him and his habitat (to see if he could've potentially hurt himself on any of them)
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Old 12-07-2019, 09:10 AM   #3
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Can we have pics of him and his habitat (to see if he could've potentially hurt himself on any of them)

Thanks for the reply Engel

He has a single level but I agree he could have fallen, excuse the photo quality. He had a wooden hanging tree which he knocked down the night he discovered he could climb! So I took that out as it could hurt to fall on.
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Old 12-07-2019, 10:12 AM   #4
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Default Re: Help/advice - looked like blood on the end of hamsters genitals?

There's not much there that he could have hurt himself on...

Is he still showing signs of unusual behaviour?
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Old 12-08-2019, 11:40 AM   #5
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There's not much there that he could have hurt himself on...

Is he still showing signs of unusual behaviour?
Hi Vierville - he seems normal to me however he is my first hamster so I couldn't be sure if he's sleeping too much or normal amount? Doesn't appear in pain and happily came out the cage last night late 11.30pm onwards for a little play and his first sand bath. No visible blood. I don't know if it's still happening as didn't see him clean his bits :/ could it be anything around him growing up and maturing?
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Old 12-08-2019, 01:13 PM   #6
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Default Re: Help/advice - looked like blood on the end of hamsters genitals?

It sounds like he's just fine. I'd consider taking him to an exotic animal vet for a general checkup and mention the blood on his genitals (exotic animal vets are the ones who deal with hamsters as opposed to regular vets who mostly see cats and dogs). But it sounds like he's just fine.

As far as behaviour and activity level goes, hamsters are much like people. I've got one little ham who basically sleeps 23hrs a day and she has done ever since she was young while my other one is completely hyperactive.

As long as he is eating and drinking he's probably ok.
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Old 12-09-2019, 03:04 PM   #7
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It sounds like he's just fine. I'd consider taking him to an exotic animal vet for a general checkup and mention the blood on his genitals (exotic animal vets are the ones who deal with hamsters as opposed to regular vets who mostly see cats and dogs). But it sounds like he's just fine.

As far as behaviour and activity level goes, hamsters are much like people. I've got one little ham who basically sleeps 23hrs a day and she has done ever since she was young while my other one is completely hyperactive.

As long as he is eating and drinking he's probably ok.
Thank you for the reply Vierville, really useful to know about the sleep! I've yet to weigh him but will keep an eye on that too. He is drinking, just added in some vitamin drops too. He is eating but also hoarding a huge amount, doesn't appreciate me chucking that out :P
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Old 12-09-2019, 04:55 PM   #8
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Is that wood shavings he's on? Could've got spiked on a sharp bit. I'd highly recommend paper bedding more absorbent and better on their respiratory system. It's softer too I'd recommend Kaytee clean and cosy it's pretty cheap on Amazon.

Also may be worth putting more bedding in there so he can burrow, although if the current bedding is sharp I'd hold off putting more in, might end up being poked in the eye. Maybe add a few more cardboard tubes with food in them for some more fun as he doesn't appear to have much in there to chew or play with (unless it's hidden)

He isn't happy about you removing his hoard because it's basically the equivalent of someone coming in and binning all the food in your kitchen cupboards and then leaving.
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Old 12-11-2019, 05:17 AM   #9
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Default Re: Help/advice - looked like blood on the end of hamsters genitals?

I agree completely with Engel- any sharp little bits in wood shavings can definitely cause minor injuries so that is a possibility.

I also highly recommend paper- based bedding like Kaytee Clean and Cosy and some torn up toilet roll for inside his nest.
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