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    Carbon - Zipping around the cage only to find an odd cut on her back?

    Tonight at 7:20 ish Carbon started acting very weird. She was zipping around the cage like crazy, running laps and jumping on pigloo and over her piggie sisters. After about five minutes I got in and had a good look at her and there was a milky substance matting her hair down and apart on her back. Once I got a flashlight and really looked it looks as if she bit herself so much that she cause a cut. Up until now she's been perfectly fine (I do remember an odd scab/bump in that location on her back months ago but it disappeared after a week - I believe she was scratched by a new piggie I introduced then separateld from her) the past few days she's been just like she normally has been. She's ate her veggies, her hay, and her pellets. She's been drinking water and playing with the other girls. Ten to fifteen minutes ago is when this all started and I don't know what to do. I've cleaned her up the best I could without hurting her anymore than she seems to be. She's now just laying in my lap, still very alert and moving. I plan on calling my vet tomorrow morning when they open at 8 and trying to get her in as soon as possible. Any help or advice or even just to help me know what's happening would be greatly appreciated. I added photos of the wound, they're not too great but I tried. The last is after I cleaned her.
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    Re: Carbon - Zipping around the cage only to find an odd cut on her back?

    That's a very odd place for a pig to bite on its own body. Is there another pig in the cage?

    Also, the milky substance is very unlikely to come from a bite. Is it thick, with a strong odor? If so, it's pus, and the previous bite could have abscessed, then ruptured.

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    Re: Carbon - Zipping around the cage only to find an odd cut on her back?

    Are you sure the other pig is a female? It looks like wet boar glue to me.

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    Re: Carbon - Zipping around the cage only to find an odd cut on her back?

    Quote Originally Posted by lissie View Post
    Are you sure the other pig is a female? It looks like wet boar glue to me.
    Ive checked her, and had her checked, many times. I've been told she is a female and she appears to be female.

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    Re: Carbon - Zipping around the cage only to find an odd cut on her back?

    Quote Originally Posted by bpatters View Post
    That's a very odd place for a pig to bite on its own body. Is there another pig in the cage?

    Also, the milky substance is very unlikely to come from a bite. Is it thick, with a strong odor? If so, it's pus, and the previous bite could have abscessed, then ruptured.
    It wasn't thick but it also wasn't runny, I also didn't smell anything

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    Re: Carbon - Zipping around the cage only to find an odd cut on her back?

    Does she have any lump in that area?

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    Re: Carbon - Zipping around the cage only to find an odd cut on her back?

    Did the white milky stuff dry really hard and sticky? Or stay wet and (fairly) easy to wipe off?

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    Re: Carbon - Zipping around the cage only to find an odd cut on her back?

    Quote Originally Posted by bpatters View Post
    Did the white milky stuff dry really hard and sticky? Or stay wet and (fairly) easy to wipe off?
    It seemed to stay wet and was pretty easy to get off with a little water

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    Re: Carbon - Zipping around the cage only to find an odd cut on her back?

    Quote Originally Posted by Veronica View Post
    It seemed to stay wet and was pretty easy to get off with a little water
    Then it's probably not boar glue. It could be an abscess that burst.

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