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    Trying to figure out what's wrong with my piggies skin

    Hello! I am a New Piggie Owner of two boys. One is a little older Abbyssinian and the other is a younger Peruvian. I just discovered today this mark on My Older one, it almost looks like teeth marks. I don't know if the younger one bit Him cause they sound like they fight, possibly over cage dominance or if it's parasites.
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    Re: Trying to figure out what's wrong with my piggies skin

    That's picture's too far away and too poorly lit for us to tell much about it. Can you post a close-up taken in good lighting?

    What size cage are they in? Boars need a lot more space than sows do, and lack of space is a major cause of guinea pig aggression.

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    Re: Trying to figure out what's wrong with my piggies skin

    I could definitely do that. The cage is 50 inches, it's a Living World one.

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    Re: Trying to figure out what's wrong with my piggies skin

    Heres the picture's
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    Re: Trying to figure out what's wrong with my piggies skin

    Yup, that looks like a bite. Keep a very close eye on your piggies, especially the one that got bit. In my experience, bite wounds have a tendency to abscess.

    I looked it up, and that cage is definitely too small, which could be why there was a bite. http://www.guineapigcages.com/index.htm

    Don't worry though! You can make your own cage using coroplast (aka corrugated plastic), grids, and connectors. http://www.guineapigcages.com/howtometric.htm

    I'd suggest checking out the cages portion of this forum for ideas. :)

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    Re: Trying to figure out what's wrong with my piggies skin

    Here's some more information on where to find C&C materials: https://www.guineapigcages.com/forum...cage-materials

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    Re: Trying to figure out what's wrong with my piggies skin

    Should I clean it at all or just leave it alone?

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    Re: Trying to figure out what's wrong with my piggies skin

    Definitely clean it. It will become infected otherwise. But you also need a much bigger cage or this will likely happen again. Males need more room than females and tend to fight otherwise.

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    Re: Trying to figure out what's wrong with my piggies skin

    I second CavyMama. Make sure you clean it 2-3 times per day (that's what the vet had me do for a similar wound one of my boys got when they hit adolescence) and watch for abscesses. They feel like a ball or lump under the scab. How's your little fella doing?

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    Re: Trying to figure out what's wrong with my piggies skin

    What should I clean it with? I'll definitely work on getting a bigger cage for them. They're both doing very well! His wound seem to be getting much better. And they seem to be getting along well too.

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    Re: Trying to figure out what's wrong with my piggies skin

    Saline from a drug store can work. That's what I used when my boy had a bite wound that was not abscessed. How are your little guys doing now?

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    Theyre doing a whole lot better! Mr Piggies wound looks just about gone. :) and Pumpkin is coming out so much more now and they seem to have fun playing around together. :)
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    Re: Trying to figure out what's wrong with my piggies skin

    I'm glad to hear that they're doing better!

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