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Hi my name is***** hamster has diarrhea and right now I am not able to take her to any veterinarians. Is it safe to give her pedialyte and what else can I do to help her?

Veterinarian's Assistant: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?

I first noticed the it yesterday. She has a wet tail, a swollen anus, and she is slightly lethargic.

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Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today. I do apologize that your question was not answered before. Different experts come online at various times; I just came online, read about your situation, and wanted to help.

I am very sorry to hear that your lass has diarrhea. Especially as it can become quite dangerous for them; as they only have small body reserves and thus are high risk for dehydration. In regards ***** ***** Pedialyte, you can give this and will want to give 4.8ml per 100 grams of her body weight as her daily minimum requirement. Of course, since we have diarrhea, you need to also add an amount to match her losses in stool. This total is for a 24 hour period, so do make sure to split it into multiple offerings. As well, we can sneak fluids in by syringe feeding veggie baby food but otherwise we want to feed high fiber food ( ie high fiber pelleted feed, pumpkin, squash, etc) as this will help bulk up her stools and reduce the diarrhea. And that is our best option if we cannot get her to a vet for fecal testing to determine if its safe to use Kaolin with her (since it can do more harm then good with some bacterial infections) and get antibiotics dispensed.

Please take care,

Dr. B.

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