Hello, my two girls declanned today and i'm worried about their injuries. both have blood on their fronts and faces. They are separated and the bleeding appears to have stopped but i'm worried about infection. what should i be on the lookout for, how can i help?
Last Edit: Jun 28, 2020 14:01:34 GMT -8 by wolfgirl
sorry your girls declanned, if you can, see if they are shallow or deep cuts, so say to leave them alone while others' use saline to clean them. If they are acting okay and not bothering their sores, then it may be best to leave them to heal on their own. look for redness, oozing or swelling but usually small bites/cuts should be okay.
mom to Kirby,Theo and Tristan my newest rescues, RIP Saphira and Sophie, may you both be together forever in heaven, I miss you more than you'd ever know.
Yeah, it always looks worse than it is. If really bad I always got to the vets with them mainly to get the painkillers, but gerbils are quite good at healing.
You can - to be extra cautious - reduce their substrate to a bare minimum and ideally something cardboard or paper-based to reduce the chances of anything sticking to their wounds. Handle infrequently to allow them to recover and spend time just recovering from the shock of it all (and anyway there is usually an increased likelihood of human-finger-bites at this time too - post-fight).
Keep in a quieter place and nice and warm if possible (but not too hot of course). And watch out for excess grooming of a particular area or as said above; any swelling, redness or warmth.
Finges crossed they get better themselves with nothing serious.
Both are looking a lot better today, and both are behaving normally. I haven't seen any swelling or redness thankfully. We've been giving them a few extra peanuts and carrot to boost their energy and let them know they are loved. Kady is very skittish now but Julia seems to be happy. We think it may have been caused by the strong smell of the pesticide we had to use due to an ant problem. It is a "pet safe" one but it has an overwhelming clove-ish smell and we had to apply several times.