I am hoping to work on putting together a good post about Wet Tail since it is such a common disease for our beloved Syrian hamsters. However I do not believe that this will be complete for some time. So until then I did want a tiny bit of information put out there concerning the supposed over the counter cures for wet tail.
The most common brands include Dri-tail and Oasis Wet-tail drops. I am not knocking these products, however they are quite misleading and are only supporting the misinformation out there in regard to what wet tail really is. Since wet tail is a term that tends to be used for any kind of diarrhea, true wet tail is often misdiagnosed. Wet Tail actually refers to Proliferative Ileitis. It is a bacterial disease that usually only affects Syrian hamsters that are 12 weeks and under- the main symptom being severe diarrhea.
These products claim to cure 'wet tail', which they state is stress-induced diarrhea. Unfortunately that is a mistake. So these products may actually work, they may actually get rid of the diarrhea however this only masks the symptoms it does not cure the disease. There is no home cure for wet tail, you need to seek a vet as soon as you believe that your hamster has this in order to get the proper antibiotics. Hamsters die quickly from this disease, the waiting game can not be played here if you wish your hamster to come out alive.
A quote from missPixy on Hamster Hideout:
problems in lots of hamsters. there are lots of antibiotics
that cause toxic reactions in hamsters. the amount of
neomycin is probably diluted since it's being sold over the
counter instead of through a vet; but a hamster with wet tail
already has major problems with their digestive tract.
that's why it's a bad drug to use, on many levels. the
antibiotic used is not "hamster-safe" and it can in fact
aggravate the already depleted digestive tract.
the best thing to do:
1) give your syrian hamster a few days alone without
handling when you first bring her home;
2) if you notice signs of profuse diarrhea, contact
immediately a hamster-experienced vet so you can
start on a more appropriate antibiotic such as baytril;
3) get your hamster's water bottle filled with
50percent children's unflavored pedialyte, and
50percent bottled spring water. the dehydration
that occurs from diarrhea can also kill a hamster
4) remove all food from your hamster at this time
except for organic yogurt which she can eat freely.
do not introduce any other food until stools are
normal again. Original Source