Open Veterinary Journal

Open Veterinary Journal

Peer-Reviewed Journal 
ISSN 2218-6050 (Online), ISSN 2226-4485 (Print) 


Cystolithiasis in a Syrian hamster: a different outcome

D. Petrini1, M. Di Giuseppe2,*, G. Deli3 and C. De Caro Carella4

1Freelance Veterinarian, Pisa, Italy

2Centro Veterinario per Animali Esotici, Viale Regione Siciliana Sud – Est 422-426, 90129 Palermo, Italy

3Freelance Veterinarian, Roma, Italy

4School of Veterinary Medicine, Louisiana State University, USA



A 14-month-old intact male Syrian hamster was admitted for lethargy and hematuria. A total body radiographic image and abdominal ultrasonography showed the presence of a vesical calculus. During cystotomy, a sterile urine sample was obtained and sent to the diagnostic laboratory along with the urolith for analysis. Urine culture was found negative for bacterial growth, and the urolith was identified as a calcium-oxalate stone. Diet supplementation with palmitoylethanolamide, glucosamine and hesperidin was adopted the day after discharge. One year follow up revealed no presence of vesical calculi. Although this is the report of a single clinical case, this outcome differs from the results reported in the literature characterized by recurrences after few months. Considering the positive outcome and the beneficial properties of palmitoylethanolamide, glucosamine, and hesperidin, these nutritional elements in Syrian hamsters, are recommended to reduce recurrence after surgical treatment of urolithiasis.

Keywords: Glucosamine, Hamster, Hesperidin, PEA, Urolithiasis.


Cite this paper:

Petrini, D., Di Giuseppe, M., Deli, G. and De Caro Carella, C. 2016. Cystolithiasis in a Syrian hamster: a different outcome. Open Vet. J. 6(2), 135-138.