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Old 04-17-2014, 03:40 AM   #1
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Default Pumpkin's cut nose.

So last night, I'm lying in bed when I hear one of the hams screech, I quickly jump out of bed, run and turn on the light then run over to the cages. Revel is fine, Scrub is fine and there sits a little Pumpkin in her sand bowl cleaning herself (stress reliever) so I'm thinking it must be her.
She has her back turned so I can't see her face but I open the cage and am saying her name so she knows I'm here and can see my hands but when I try to scoop her up she jumps onto her wheel but then after a few seconds walks onto my hands.
She's got a deep cut above her nose.
I've literally no idea how she did it, though there was a little trail of pee so I know where she did it.
I've checked all round her cage and there is nothing sharp or harmful. Anyway I get her out for a bit, let her run around, give her a couple treats and she's back to cheeky little Pumpkin again. She even let me dab her cut with a cotton pad and water just to clean it a bit. Had me in tears when I was holding her though. Never heard her do that or seen her hurt.
Also when I got her out, she was moving her mouth a lot, licking her teeth and I was worried she had hurt her mouth but I scruffed her and had a quick look and saw nothing and she soon stopped doing it.
Anything I can do for her? Do I need to clean the cut for the next few days or leave it to her? What about her mouth as well, any reason she was moving her mouth/licking her teeth?
Any advice would be lovely.
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Old 04-17-2014, 03:48 AM   #2
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Default Re: Pumpkin's cut nose.

Do you have a barred cage? It is most likely that she had her nose through the bars chewing and got her teeth caught then panicked and hurt her nose when struggling to get free. They wet themselves with the fright of the pain. It should heal up OK as long as it is clean but check her teeth are not loose or crooked by the pull. She may also have bitten her tongue as this is common so watch she is eating well too.
Hope she heals up quickly
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Old 04-17-2014, 07:34 AM   #3
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Default Re: Pumpkin's cut nose.

Yeah she's in an Alaska. I don't understand how she'd have cut it though because the bars aren't sharp or anything and it's quite a deep cut. Yeah I thought she probably peed because of the fright.
She was awake this morning and I gave her a couple chocolate drops which she just pouched straight away. There was no blood so if she did bite her tongue she's not cut it or anything.
I'll give her teeth a check and monitor her eating as well.
Thank you for the advice
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Old 04-17-2014, 07:41 AM   #4
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Default Re: Pumpkin's cut nose.

Is it also possible that she was climbing the bars and fell on her food dish, or another thing in the cage, hard enough to split the skin on her nose? And possibly smacking herself hard enough to either jar her jaw or nip her tongue? Poor baby.
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