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Old 11-01-2023, 06:29 AM   #1
annalux98
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Question Penis prolapse or bladder stone

Hello!
I'm a vet that just recently started working with hamsters and has not been taught much about them in college.
I'm currently dealing with a young, male golden hamster that seems to suffer from recurring penile prolapse.
We have put it back in twice already now, last time under general anaesthesia and it took us 1h and many trials with sugar, ice, lube etc to do it. However, after he woke up and started walking around, it slipped right back out
It is very swollen and dark red, pea sized, can't see any hair or dirt in the prepuce or at the base.
Does anyone have any experience/information/resources they can direct me to to help him?
some of my thoughts were castration, "circumcision" like they can do in rats, and a recent thought was that a bladder stone could be blocking the urethra in the penis?
Grateful for any pointers while I try to keep this lil guy happy and alive
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Old 11-01-2023, 11:15 AM   #2
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Default Re: Penis prolapse or bladder stone

It does sound more like there is a blockage in urethra or an infection causing the swelling. Is there urine in the bladder or is he able to pass urine? I've read about it continuing to prolapse and needing a stitch but the swelling is unusual. Has there been any damage to the penis if it been exposed for a long period?
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Old 11-17-2023, 03:29 AM   #3
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Default Re: Penis prolapse or bladder stone

Hey!
there didn't seem to be any blood in the urine, and he was peeing normally. Unfortunately it kept prolapsing and got really sore, to the point we had to put him to sleep for welfare reasons. I'm sad I couldn't help him, and that I still don't really know what the issue was and how to help future hamsters with it. It might have been a genetic problem?
Thanks for helping my brainstorm anyways
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Old 11-20-2023, 06:36 PM   #4
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Default Re: Penis prolapse or bladder stone

So sorry for your loss and lovely to hear you tried so much for him x
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