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Dwarf Hamster Cheek Pouch Eversion
Dr Sing Kong Yuen, BVMS (Glasgow), MRCVS
First written: January 6, 2010

Jan 3, 2010

Subject: Hamster Cheek pouch
Date: Sunday, January 3, 2010, 10:43 PM

Dear Doc,

We have a 8 months old hamster which has a cheek pouch problem. Since last night, her left side cheek pouch was hanging outside her mouth. She appears to be in pain. We used the cotton bud to push her cheek pouch back into her mouth. She appeared fine after that. But early this morning, when I wake up to check on her. the same problem appear.

What should we do?

Appreciate your help and advice.

Jan 4, 2010

On Mon, Jan 4, 2010 at 7:30 AM, David Sing wrote:
I am Dr Sing. Your hamster may need surgery.


Jan 4, 2010

Subject: Re: Hamster Cheek pouch
To: "David Sing"

Date: Monday, January 4, 2010, 12:53 AM

Dear Dr Sing,

Thank you for the prompt response.

What is the chances of survival under surgery for a small animal like hamster?
How long will it take and how long will it take to heal?

What is the estimated cost involved?

Thanks in advance.

Jan 6, 2010

Chances of survival are hard to say just via e-mail as I have not seen the hamster. Every hamster is different. Healthy and good conditioned dwarf hamsters do not usually die under anaesthesia.

Surgery and anaesthesia to excise the infected or gangrenous cheek pouch and stitch up the cut ends, takes around 20 minutes if there are no complications. It takes around 1 week for healing in most cases.

In January 2010, the estimated total cost is around $150 depending on the time needed to do surgery, anaesthesia and antibiotics. Hospitalisation is $5.00 per day if necessary.

A case of eversion of the cheek pouch is shown below.
Dwarf Hamster, 2 years, Cheek Pouch Right, Everted, Tumours, Abscesses. Toa Payoh Vets Dwarf Hamster, 2 years, Cheek Pouch Right, Everted, Tumours, Abscesses. Toa Payoh Vets
Dwarf Hamster, 2 years, Cheek Pouch Right, Everted, Tumours, Abscesses. Toa Payoh Vets Cheek pouch tumour and abscesses. Dwarf Hamster 2 years. Toa Payoh Vets
tpvets_logo.jpg (2726 bytes)2115 -2118. Thin, dehydrated. Hamster has great difficulty eating. She eats to live. Highly stressed by the heavy hanging cheek pouch tumour and abscesses. She tries to pull it off but it will not come off. A young lady who is not the owner intervenes to get the hamster veterinary attention. But there's a sibling in the house. The lady checks the sibling.... 

Update in Jan 6, 2010. The kind lady reported that the hamster was normal after surgery. The sibling is shown below.

tpvets_logo.jpg (2726 bytes)2220 - 2223. The sibling looks normal and is quite plump. Active. Eating. No backside hair loss. No hanging cheek pouch unlike her sibling. But the lady is thorough in her examination. "There is a tumour," she phones. She brought the hamster for me to treat. A big abscesses below the left armpit. Smelly thick pus drained by me. The bacteria is winning the battle. As this kind lady has intervened in time, the bacteria loses the war to cause generalised wet skin infections killing this hamster a few weeks later.

Hamster cheek pouch cases


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