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Post by Oreoandfriends on Tue 31 Dec 2019, 11:34 pm

I adopted my new male mouse from my local animal shelter. He was housed with 3 other males in a 10 gallon tank that were all fighting, when I brought him home he had some bite marks down his tail and a small one on his back.
I’ve been applying polysporin as best as I can to his injuries daily, but he’s very skittish and it stresses him out.
This morning he was out and all of his injuries looked the same. Tonight when I went to feed him I saw that a large layer of fur and skin was gone from the area and there was a white line-shaped marking inside the injury (it was not moving and looked like it was just part of his skin, but still odd). I immediately applied an antibiotic prescribed to another mouse I own when he had itching injuries.
Do you know why he did this? Could he have an infection? Could it potentially affect my other mice?
Vet care is always extremely important to me but to be honest I’m barely scraping by and my last visits have each been around $150 for pretty much the same thing (1 mouse with chronic itching and bleeding injuries from that, 1 mouse with a large cut on the top of her neck pretty much down to the bone, and 1 hamster with a severely broken leg). Each time they’ve given me the same antibiotic to apply and pain medicine for the hamster. I’m just not too sure if it would be worth the stress to bring him all the way to the vet. Just to likely get the same medication I have.
Any help is appreciated! I can’t seem to catch a break with injured mice Sad

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Post by MerciToujoursMaPetiteBoop on Thu 02 Jan 2020, 12:07 pm

Regarding the big hole, it is possible that the biting attacks had pretty much detached the skin layer from the underlying tissue, and mousie just took care of the amputation.  The missing skin-and-fur chunk may be somewhere in the bedding.

At this point, if you do not smell infection, and if you can see indications that seem to you that the hole is gradually filling in, then maybe there is no further medical treatment to be done than what you are already doing.  With the skin missing, stitching up the wound seems no longer feasible. If you smell infection, the wound will need proper cleaning and mousie will probably need some antibiotics.

Be prepared that the area may never grow fur back.  If the wound is so deep that the hair follicle roots are completely removed, then there is nothing left to grow hairs from.

While the wound is in recovery mode, it would be a good idea to use a hospital tank setup, and remove abrasive objects or things with sharp corners that could come in contact with the recovering skin.  You don't want something to gouge out some of that fresh granulation tissue and set the recovery back.

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Post by Oreoandfriends on Thu 02 Jan 2020, 3:07 pm

@MerciToujoursMaPetiteBoop wrote:Regarding the big hole, it is possible that the biting attacks had pretty much detached the skin layer from the underlying tissue, and mousie just took care of the amputation.  The missing skin-and-fur chunk may be somewhere in the bedding.

At this point, if you do not smell infection, and if you can see indications that seem to you that the hole is gradually filling in, then maybe there is no further medical treatment to be done than what you are already doing.  With the skin missing, stitching up the wound seems no longer feasible.  If you smell infection, the wound will need proper cleaning and mousie will probably need some antibiotics.

Be prepared that the area may never grow fur back.  If the wound is so deep that the hair follicle roots are completely removed, then there is nothing left to grow hairs from.

While the wound is in recovery mode, it would be a good idea to use a hospital tank setup, and remove abrasive objects or things with sharp corners that could come in contact with the recovering skin.  You don't want something to gouge out some of that fresh granulation tissue and set the recovery back.

Thank you so much! It’s already starting to scab over and looks a lot better. I’ll keep a close eye on it for infection!
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