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PostSubject: Frequent wounds! What to do?   Tue Mar 22, 2011 10:28 pm

Ok. This isn't really a post asking for advice on would care, but it's super related and I didn't know where else to put it. So if it needs to be moved, I'm sorry!

I have a group of pet-only gliders. Sugar-female, Spice-neutered male, Linus-neutered male (adult son of Sugar and Spice).

The last month Sugar has had 3 LARGE wounds on the back of her neck/shoulder. They look like mating wounds. I know neutered males can try to mate with females but why now? And why so frequently all of a sudden?

What should we do? Should we separate Sugar from the group? Should we wait to see if it stops? I hate to see her get another wound. The last 2 have been the size of a nickel or quarter.... I'm just at a loss.

They all seem to be getting along really well, I haven't heard ANY bad bickering coming from their cage or pouch. No fighting. No weight loss. No overgrooming or anything like that....

Thoughts?

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PostSubject: Re: Frequent wounds! What to do?   Wed Mar 23, 2011 1:49 pm

Are you separating her each time and allowing it to heal and fur back over before putting her back?
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PostSubject: Re: Frequent wounds! What to do?   Wed Mar 23, 2011 2:15 pm

posting here to remind myself to come back to this after work today.

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PostSubject: Re: Frequent wounds! What to do?   Wed Mar 23, 2011 4:20 pm

We clean it out with saline and leave her, we feel it would be more stressful on her to separate her-and may induce self-mutilation. We keep a VERY close eye for anyone picking on it. They've all healed very well, each wound has been in a different place. It seems as one heals over completely, a new on is opened up in a different spot.
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PostSubject: Re: Frequent wounds! What to do?   Tue Apr 05, 2011 1:57 pm

Bump!

Here are some pictures of her latest wounds. They're healing really great and are about a quarter of the size the started as. Luckily for me, she and her cagemates don't mess with them.







Her stripe is completely crooked now from the skin healing over.


I guess I just don't know what to do. Should I leave her with them? Separate her? I don't know if it's her mate that's doing it or her son. But this just can't keep happening to her. Poor peanut. :(
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PostSubject: Re: Frequent wounds! What to do?   Tue Apr 05, 2011 4:53 pm

Are you using quickderm on them?

If they are happening this frequently, then chances are that they are not completely healing before it happens again - even if it LOOKS completely healed. This is where a product like quickderm that works at the cellular level would be good. Not only will it LOOK healed, but you can be assured that the cells are completely healed and healthy as well.

I would not separate her until you have tried everything. This is not an unusual situation. I have many gliders in the same situation. Only one did not grow fur back after multiple wounds. All the others have healed completely despite repeated wounds to the same area.

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PostSubject: Re: Frequent wounds! What to do?   Fri Apr 08, 2011 11:38 pm

As of tonight she has a new one in the middle of her back! :no: :( :(

That makes one fresh one. And two healing ones from before.....
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PostSubject: Re: Frequent wounds! What to do?   Mon Apr 18, 2011 11:06 pm

I just found one of mine with this same wound. I will be hunting down some quickderm. I have pulled the female as this is the 3 rd one her cage mate gave her. Callie has been pulled and let heal each time. She has been back with him since Oct and he just now did it again. I will not put these 2 back together.
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PostSubject: Re: Frequent wounds! What to do?   Tue Apr 19, 2011 2:46 pm

could these be mites that other gliders are trying to chew away?
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PostSubject: Re: Frequent wounds! What to do?   Tue Apr 19, 2011 3:21 pm

Highly doubtful. If it were mites, the cage mates would have them too.

Some gliders just give their cage mates wounds. Sometimes it is a personality thing and other times (such as in the case of my Cafe) they will give wounds to any cage mate they are caged with. Often repeatedly. It can be frustrating to deal with. Some choose to separate the pairs to prevent further wounds.

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PostSubject: Re: Frequent wounds! What to do?   Thu Apr 21, 2011 2:37 pm

We found a 4th wound in just the time since I started this thread.

I think we've made the decision to separate her. :(

Breaks our hearts because it was such a happy little family unit......
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