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PhilDemiAlex

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Warning: Image of injury at bottom.
Phil and Alex have had a fight. I'm used to their normal bickering but today was by far the worse.
Phil's ear has been torn nearly in two, I can see white which I assume is cartilage.
When I picked him up i found many scratches that had scabbed over under the fur on his back and butt. Called the vets but they seem unconcerned.
Both are now separated but I'm still concerned. Am I over reacting or should I take him to the vets to be safe.IMG_20200424_194250213.jpg
 

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Oh dear, poor piggy. I’d say that he ought to be seen to ensure no infection sets in but ultimately it’s the vets call. Is there another surgery you can try?

Good for separating them. They are now highly unlikely to ever be able to live together again sadly. Are they youngsters?
 

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Oh dear, poor piggy. I’d say that he ought to be seen to ensure no infection sets in but ultimately it’s the vets call. Is there another surgery you can try?

Good for separating them. They are now highly unlikely to ever be able to live together again sadly. Are they youngsters?

They're a bit over a year. They've never been like this before. They do the usual dominant behaviour, like mounting each other. But normally it doesn't escalate, but since we moved house Alex has turned. I'm not sure if it's stress or if it's his natural behaviour. Either way poor Phil has taken the brunt of it.
 

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Poor boy.
Still likely just within their teens then (teens until around 14 months). There are many reasons why things can suddenly turn from an underlying dominance battle, being teenagers (hormones), a change in environment, along with the fact that spring time can cause an increase in dominance, could have lead to this.
Keep them permanently separated from now onwards but keeping their cages next to each other so they can still interact safely through the bars to prevent loneliness.
 

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Oh dear. That does look sore. I’m afraid I don’t think they can ever go back together again. That ear does look very sore. If the vet doesn’t want to see it, I’d agree with cleaning it with some homemade saline to help keep it clean. And if you have any metacam for pain relief I would give him some as that looks painful to me. Keep a close eye and if it gets swollen, starts oozing or looks infected then he will need to see a vet ASAP for antibiotics
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