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    Chunks of ear missing?

    As a new time guinea pig owner, I didn't notice the ear bites that were on one of my girl's ears. She has two chunks taken out of the right and a series of chunks on the left. I assume she's only a few months old (was never told an exact birth date), and they are definitely old bites (no scabs/tenderness/bleeding). I do have another guinea pig who is also female. Should I be concerned about this?

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    Re: Chunks of ear missing?

    This has likely been a result of overcrowding when she was a pup. If they are completely healed you don't need to worry. Sadly this is seen all too often in piggies squished into small cages. Just make sure the environment you provide now has as much room for your girls as possible and you should seen no new bites

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    Re: Chunks of ear missing?

    Quote Originally Posted by wigglemish View Post
    This has likely been a result of overcrowding when she was a pup. If they are completely healed you don't need to worry. Sadly this is seen all too often in piggies squished into small cages. Just make sure the environment you provide now has as much room for your girls as possible and you should seen no new bites
    Okay, thank you so much! I was real worried at first because I thought that my other girl was biting her.

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    Re: Chunks of ear missing?

    You're welcome. It's always worth checking of you're unsure. I recommend once a week you give your girls a good check head to toe. Weigh them and keep a note of it. Check teeth, fur, feet, ears, eyes, skin.
    http://www.guinealynx.info/healthycavy.html is an invaluable resource for monitoring the health and wellbeing of your new family members

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    Re: Chunks of ear missing?

    I think they're fine. My pig, Joe has bites taken out of the edge of his ear and I recently discovered that there's even a little hole (like an ear piercing lol) in his other ear. They look to be old and I assume it's from other pigs biting them. (sadly, he was from a petstore).

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    Re: Chunks of ear missing?

    In addition to all that's been said above, it can also be a dominance thing. Guinea pigs high up in their little social order sometimes bite/nibble the ears of those who are lower than them. One could have bitten a bit too hard or too much. It's not uncommon to see in pigs as I've seen quite a few that has small little bites around the edges of their ears. As long as it healed properly, they should be completely fine.

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    Re: Chunks of ear missing?

    Quote Originally Posted by CavyReigns View Post
    In addition to all that's been said above, it can also be a dominance thing. Guinea pigs high up in their little social order sometimes bite/nibble the ears of those who are lower than them. One could have bitten a bit too hard or too much. It's not uncommon to see in pigs as I've seen quite a few that has small little bites around the edges of their ears. As long as it healed properly, they should be completely fine.
    thank you so much. I was really worried at first, called a pet place and they told me to return them... not the answer I wanted.

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    Re: Chunks of ear missing?

    Quote Originally Posted by LexPiggies View Post
    I think they're fine. My pig, Joe has bites taken out of the edge of his ear and I recently discovered that there's even a little hole (like an ear piercing lol) in his other ear. They look to be old and I assume it's from other pigs biting them. (sadly, he was from a petstore).
    mine are from a pet store as well. my parents wouldn't let me get them anywhere else.

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    Re: Chunks of ear missing?

    Quote Originally Posted by wigglemish View Post
    You're welcome. It's always worth checking of you're unsure. I recommend once a week you give your girls a good check head to toe. Weigh them and keep a note of it. Check teeth, fur, feet, ears, eyes, skin.
    http://www.guinealynx.info/healthycavy.html is an invaluable resource for monitoring the health and wellbeing of your new family members
    this is so helpful. thank you!!!

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