Gerbils & Hamsters/Gerbil


My gerbil has been coughing up blood, before she did she a slight squeaking sound. I'm very worried about her. What should I do besides calling a vet?


Hi Adeline

I'm really sorry to hear about your gerbil.  I'm afraid I can't give you any advice other than to see a vet as this does sound serious, unless she's just cut her mouth somehow.  The sooner you get her checked out the better.

I hope she's Ok.  Sorry I can't be of any help on this occasion.


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Sheila Adby


Syrian hamsters are my specialty, however, I have kept Campbells,Winter Whites and gerbils in the past. I can advise on most subjects associated with hamsters, including housing, bedding, feeding, handling, new borns and catching escapees. I have had some experience of various health problems with hamsters and can offer my opinion and advice on basic health issues, however I am not a qualified vet and therefore cannot recommend drugs etc. My website is


I have been keeping hamsters and other small animals for more than 12 years. My favourites are Syrian hamsters and I foster litters and 'difficult' hamsters for a rescue centre. My job is to tame hamsters ready for re-homing, which is extremely rewarding. I also enjoy looking after new litters and raising the pups. I have co-written a book on hamsters with my local vet and have a website:

Hamsters in Sickness and in Health - Sheila Adby and Dan O'Neill ISBN186163218-5 (Capall Bann Publishing)

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