Constipation in Hamsters
Constipation and diarrhea are the most commonly observed abnormalities in fecal consistency, composition, and frequency of passage. The feces of constipated hamsters also has a reduced concentration of water, making it appear hard and dry.
Hamsters may become constipated due to a variety of reasons: intestinal parasites such as tapeworms, intestinal blockage, or the folding of the intestines (intussusception). Identifying and treating the underlying cause quickly is essential for preventing further complications.
A diagnosis of constipation is usually evident by observing the color and consistency of the feces along with the rate of defecation. However, to diagnose the underlying cause, additional laboratory examination like examination of feces, blood, and X-rays may be needed.
An unsegmented parasitic worm belonging to the Nematoda class
The prediction of a disease’s outcome in advance
The exiting of excrement from the body; bowel movements.
The end of the gastrointestinal tract; the opening at the end of the tract.
Referring to the liver
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