Hamsters: bladder stones

Hamsters are susceptible to the formation of stones within the urinary tract. The bladder is the only location within the urinary tract in which stones would likely be detected on physical examination by your vet.

Signs of bladder stones can sometimes be difficult to detect, but it is usually associated with:

  • Urinary tract infection
  • Frequent urination
  • Straining on urination
  • Blood in the urine
  • Increased water consumption
  • Listlessness
  • Poor appetite

An experienced vet may be able to remove the stones; this is accompanied by appropriate antibiotic therapy.

Dietary management to help dissolve the urinary stones and prevent their recurrence is not practical with hamsters.