As some of you may know, my 2 little boy degus had matching foot wounds around christmas. They are healing well and doing great but I have a few questions.
Their cage is right next to the couch and their wheel is right next to where I sit. Lately when I've been looking over at them I've noticed that they've been grooming the bottoms of their back feet (the wounds are on the top of the foot) while in the wheel. I don't know if they're doing it a lot or if I'm just happening to glance when they do it. Do yours groom their back feet?
A few days ago I noticed that the one boy's scab on his wound was peeled off and raw (didn't look like he hurt it again, just like he removed the scab). I took him into the bathroom and put medicine on it while it was raw just to help it out a little while healing. It doesn't look worse so I think it's doing good, but could the wounds be grooming accidents? He isn't limping or anything, he seems perfectly fine.
Why would they keep grooming their back feet? Could it be their wheel bothering their feet? Did I just not notice how much they did it before? Their wheel is the solid wheel with the little round holes in it for their claws to go in to help them run. Also, it's only the 2 young boys that have the wounds and are grooming, the dad is fine and he's been using that wheel for about 10 months. The girls have a different type of wheel, I could switch the wheels for a few days if I need to.
I'm just a little boggled at the problem, thanks in advance for your help.