How the wound looked after a little cleanup
This is where the cuts are
Bottom view of the bottom cut (top one is obscured by whiskers)
This is the blood she left on husband's hand when she licked him as he held her, to hopefully give an idea of how much the wound was bleeding.
A couple hours later the bleeding seems to have stopped for the most part. Not entirely sure as she's wiping her face still, but I think it's not bleeding that much more if at all. I took some q-tips and wet them down with water to clean the wound. I'd say I cleaned off two soaked single swabs' worth of blood. After the wound was mostly clean (the squirming), I took another cotton swab and put a very small dollop of neosporin on it. I swabbed the top cut with this, making sure to wipe off the excess with the other end. I did not apply any to the bottom cut given how close it is to her mouth, I figured she'd just end up eating it with her food.
So far she appears to eat and run around normally. The baby has been removed from the cage and is in a side cage by herself for now, I figured I'd maybe wait till Violet heals to try introducing her again. Violet and Adelaide are now behaving normally with each other. Violet doesn't fuss any more than she usually does when I hold her, except that she usually licks and nibbles my hands when I've got her. Now she's only licking, which I'm guessing is her not wanting to open her mouth too wide because of pain?
Anyway, did I do okay? This shouldn't require a vet to look at it unless it gets infected, right? Is there anything more I can/should do to prevent infection, or in general?
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How did you go about the introductions? It sounds like you may have just put the baby in the cage, which would be a precipitating factor for the attack. Read http://guinea-pigs.livejournal.com/3002707.html before you try it again.
After I finished building the cage, the baby sitting still in a box off to the side and the two in their old cage, I took a couple of grids as a divider and walled off a 1x2 section on the end of the new cage, wherein I placed the baby. Then I put the two bigger pigs in the big section of the cage. I let them sniff it out, and it seemed all right, so after a while (about an hour?) I removed the divider to see what they would do. Seemed okay, but I had to go to work and didn't trust it so I removed the baby after about half an hour of observing them and put her in the old cage for the time being.
After work (~3 hours, short shift) I came back and did the same thing, divider then no divider (though a bit faster this time). Violet immediately began following the baby around as she had been before, sniffing at her rear etc and that's when Adelaide reeeaaaallly freaked out. She stayed on the opposite side of the cage, and had begun to poof up a bit. Violet and the baby wandered onto Adelaide's side of the cage, and that's when the confrontation between Violet and Adelaide started. They were just head-raising, though they were poofed up so I thought maybe it was just a 'figuring out the new pecking order' thing, and I should let it play out. Then Adelaide pounced on Violet like a cat, and they violently struggled for a few seconds, and Violet ran away and cried in her hidey for a few moments before quieting down and just sitting there. Adelaide got some of her fur out. That's when I removed the baby, and as soon as I did they both calmed down. And so far I haven't tried to reintroduce baby, in (hopefully) a few days when the wound is mostly healed I was thinking I'd do the thorough cage cleaning thing and try again, though probably with more caution this time <.<
A friend visited and she mentioned Adelaide may have been on edge because she's currently in heat (which she is). Could that have something to do with it? She's normally such a chill pig.
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You should introduce them in a neutral place that no pig has been before. Or if they have, everything should be thoroughly cleaned. Plan to do this when you've got several hours to spend. Put piles of food around the neutral area, but no hiding places.
If they get along ok in the neutral area, then put them in a thoroughly cleaned cage that has nothing in it that smells like any pig. Have multiple hay piles, pellet dishes, water bottles, and food dishes. Don't put in any hideys that have only one door -- you can use upside down shoe boxes that have holes cut in the ends.
I'd wait until the wound has healed before I tried again.
Also the cage was very clean, since it was freshly built and all of the materials (lining, coroplast, grids) were new. Nothing but the pigs had any pig scent on them.
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(She's got a lot of floof so I'm afraid I completely misjudged her size at first, boy I wasn't expecting her to just slip right through like she did!)
Violet's cut looks about the same today as it did yesterday. Possibly swollen a little bit, but if so not much- I'm guessing that kind of swelling is more likely the result of a bruise at this point, not an infection, correct? Regardless I will continue to keep a close eye on it- I was just wondering if it's not unheard of for infections to set in after a scab has formed?
edit: also the fur is still ruffled, and there's still bits of dried blood in and around her whiskers that I can see when I shine a flashlight on it- is that normal?
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This was my 2nd introduction; the first was not good. I re-learned to read and RE-read hints, tips & suggestions on GL and associated links. :o}
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Actually, it's extremely common for an infection to form under a scab. Guinea pigs in the wild are prey animals. Their skin scabs over very, very quickly -- more so than predators' skin -- to enable them to get away from a close encounter with a predator and not bleed very much.
If I were you I'd take her to your regular vet and have her looked over, just from an abundance of caution. Doing that and having her be fine is vastly easier (and cheaper) than having to deal with an abscess once formed.
No odor, no (visible) discharge thus far. I may still take her to the vet just to be sure though, I just looked up photos of abscesses. They scare me.