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    Open wound on face?

    Hi everybody! I am a new guinea pig mom and I adopted two male piggies about a month ago. They are pretty hot&cold towards each other - some days they are friends and others they are purring/yawning and lunging at each other constantly. For the past week they have been OK with each other. After I came home from work today, I fed them their vitamin C and got things ready to clean their cage (2?4 CC), when I noticed one of my boys had an open wound on his nose/face area and was purring at me (he never purrs at all, very submissive piggy). The wound looks pretty deep and it is bright red when I look at it. I have currently seperared the cage (I have a 2x3CC which I need to get from my parent's house) and sent an email to a nearby exotic vet. Right now I'm not too sure what to do! Should I rinse out the wound with something? It is 10pm so I cannot buy anything from the store. I dont know when I will be able to see the vet either, it could be tomorrow or it could be in a week! Advice? I attached 2 images but not sure if they will show! The wound is in his face hair but if you zoom in you can kind of see it.
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    Re: Open wound on face?

    Do you have a place where one pig can trap another? Like a pigloo? Places like that are just invitations for a pig to trap another and get its face slashed for its efforts.

    I can't see the wound.

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    Re: Open wound on face?

    I did have a pigloo and I was actually planning on removing it when I did my cage cleaning tonight, but I guess I was too late! I'm going to let them simmer down for a bit until the wound heals a little, then try reintroducing them in a neutral area. If that doesn't work I guess I'll have to keep them seperated in their own CC cages!

    Sorry, I tried taking a good picture but he kept shaking his head around and since it's in his curly face hair it's hard to see :( I mixed some water and salt and used a syringe to clean the wound.

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    Re: Open wound on face?

    A 2X4 is a bit on the small side for two males. Not enough room can lead to injuries -- especially between two males who are only luke warm toward each other.

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    Re: Open wound on face?

    Since I have a 2x4 and a 2x3 CC, is there a way to combine them together to make a 2x7? Can I cut out one side of the cages and tape them together??

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    Re: Open wound on face?

    Don't tape them. Tape is like piggy crack. Use zip ties.

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    Re: Open wound on face?

    Quote Originally Posted by bpatters View Post
    Don't tape them. Tape is like piggy crack. Use zip ties.
    Ok thanks :) will be doing this soon!! Hoping a bigger cage will help them get along better

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    Re: Open wound on face?

    So I combined the cages and made it almost 3x4 grids wide. Michael (beige) was crying all night for Hippo (black). I decided to place them in the new cage together with new bedding and see how things pan out. Theyre still squabbling but it does not seem that intense and they have a lot of room to zoom around.Click image for larger version. 

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