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Why Is My Hamster Bleeding From Its Bottom?

Rodents has seen a steady increase in their popularity over the last couple of years with hamsters seeing a particularly large growth spike that is showing no signs of slowing down.

With so many people deciding to add their very first pet hamster to their family, we have seen an increase in the number of questions from the hamster owning community about offering their pet hamsters the best possible care.

Although hamsters do have a number of particular issues that people often reach out to ask about, the number of people reaching out and asking why their hamster is bleeding from its bottom has been slowly increasing.

Now, there are a number of reasons that a hamster can bleed from its bottom or at least appear to be bleeding from its bottom but there is often a large amount of confusion on social media about this with lots of misinformation being spread.

Most of the time, if you do notice that your hamster is bleeding from its bottom, you should book a video call with a veterinarian to have them check your hamster out.

They are often able to quickly do this via the camera on your smartphone and offer you a professional diagnosis and plan to move forward with the cost usually being much lower than a trip to your local veterinarian’s office.

Why Is My Hamster Bleeding From Its Bottom?

The most common reason that a hamster will bleed from its bottom is due to having some form of infection with this being relatively common.

There are less common causes such as part of a mineral chew or some type of sharp food being stuck in your hamster’s causing it to bleed due to cutting.

Both of these are potentially serious and fatal if left untreated so we always recommend that you seek professional advice form a veterinarian with a video call session usually being the best option for the majority of people.

They will often be in a much better position to not only diagnose whats actually causing the bleeding from your hamster’s bottom but also able to offer you advice and treatments on moving forward.

If you have a female hamster then there can be confusion as to if she is bleeding from her bottom or her reproductive organs due to the two being so close to each other.

This is a very common mistake that even experienced hamster owner can make but this could still be an indication of serious problems with your hamster such as cysts forming so it is still a good idea to have the hamster checked out.

How To Treat A Hamster Bleeding From Its Bottom!

If your hamster is bleeding from its bottom due to some form of infection then medication is usually the best treatment with there being a high chance of your hamster making a full recovery.

If your hamster is bleeding from its bottom due to having something stuck in its intestines then a small operation maybe required but other options can be available.

Depending on the situation, your vet may recommend that you feed your hamster a high fibre food to try to get it to poop the blockage out but you should never do this without your vet specifically recommending the treatment.

This is due to some sharp foods and things like splintered mineral chews being stuck in your hamsters intestine being able to get worse with this method.

In some instances, your hamster may be bleeding from its bottom due to tumors at some point in its digestive system.

Unfortunately, this can be cancerous and your vet may recommend euthanization in this situation but some non-cancerous tumors may be able to be operated on and removed to prevent any long term problems in your pet hamster.

Can A Hamster Bleeding From Its Bottom Recover?

It is very unlikely that your pet hamster that is bleeding from its bottom will be able to make a full recovery without human intervention.

On top of this, it is also very important that you try to get a vet involved as soon as you notice the blood as the sooner you start treatment, the higher the odds are that your hamster will be able to make a recovery.

It is natural for people to just hope that a problem will end up going away and this can be fine for some minor problems with hamsters but it should never be done with any serious issues, especially issues like a hamster bleeding from its bottom.

Unfortunately, very few people will take out insurance policies for their pet hamsters too due to them being small pets an people usually not realise that they can have serious problems.

Thankfully, a video call with a veterinarian is a cheap way to get professional advice on your hamster and why it may be bleeding from its bottom as well as a treatment plan for moving forward.

Unless the hamster requires surgery, this really is the cheapest way to move forward in this specific situation with a hamster the majority of people simply don’t have the required skill set to make an accurate diagnosis on what’s wrong with their pet hamster.


That brings our article going over why your hamster is bleeding from its bottom to an end. We hope that we have been able to help you understand the potential risks to a hamster that is bleeding from its bottom as it really is a serious problem. It should never be overlooked but usually needs a vet to get involved as quickly as possible to increase the odds of your pet hamster being able to make a full recovery. In addition to that, we would like to stress that every day really can matter as people often wait a few days before getting help and this can be enough time for an easy to treat infection to develop into a fatal infection.