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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-17-2010, 05:20 PM Thread Starter
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I'm new to the forum, I have a question and maybe someone can help me. Two of my rats (Mistletoe and Liam) are housed together, Ive seen Mistletoe play rough with Liam but haven't seen them actually fighting. I came back from vacation last night and noticed that Liam has what it seems to be a bite wound. It is all scabbed (sp?) now but it is pretty wide, doesnt look deep and he is acting normal otherwise. I wonder what can i do in the mean time before i take him to the vet (if it is necessary to do so, since it is all scabs now), I already separated him from Mistletoe and cleaned the wound with diluted nolvasan solution. Any suggestions will be highly appreciated.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-17-2010, 05:22 PM
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Well, if its scabbing then its healing. But the vet may want to give him anitbiotics.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-18-2010, 07:24 AM
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That is healing well, I would just leave it. I don't clean after the initial incident myself. Those are often a slice down to the muscle and the skin tension pulls it apart. But at this point I would just watch your rats behaviours to make sure the incident doesn't escalate.

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-18-2010, 02:17 PM
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it looks nasty but rats are good healers. My freinds rat had an abses and before the vet her two males were playing and got ruff and well it was uggly and nasty. But he is doing good the other males clean him and seem to baby him.
All boo boos look bad to a point but it dont look infected and it looks like its nicly healing.

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-18-2010, 05:04 PM
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that looks fine to me too!
I mean it is a wound, but it doesn't look infected or anything!
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