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Nasty bite on ear & head tilt.

littlepigs116

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Hello all!

I recently rescued two young guinea pigs (6 months old) after they were given up by a family that seemingly became disinterested in them (who would have known that prey animals wouldn’t be overly fond of being picked up by young children?!). We have had them for over a week and they have been just fine and settled well, however earlier I heard a loud ruckus and went into the living room to find that Gizmo had a nasty bite on his ear, I’ll attach a photo of the bite to this post, but it runs from the centre of his ear almost to his head and there was cartilage visible and it was so bad you could definitely stick something all the way through!

This was the first sign of fighting I’ve seen, but it was so loud and the bite was so nasty I’ve separated them and created a side by side cage so that they are able to socialise but not get at each other! However I’ve noticed that since having the bite Gizmo has been tilting his head to the same side as the bite.

I know a head tilt can be very serious and so I’m rather concerned, however prior to the bite he displayed no signs of a head tilt or loss of balance. He was also checked out by our vet shortly after we took them in and he was given a clean bill of health.

I have cleaned the wound with a saline solution and plan to continue to do so. I plan on taking Gizmo to the vet just incase tomorrow, but I’m wondering if it is possible the tilt is to do with the pain the wound is likely causing him? I’m extremely worried about the tilt as I’m aware of how serious they can be and we recently lost one of our beloved piggies and so I can’t bear the thought of having to go through the stress again!

I’m hoping for the best but prepared for the worst and just wanted to reach out incase anyone else has ever had a similar experience? I’m mainly hoping for some peace of mind until I can get Gizmo to a vet!

Many thanks!
 

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Ooh that does look ouch. Sorry your boys had a tussle. You did good to separate them. I don’t know if the head tilt is caused by the bite/pain, but wanted to offer my support anyway. Let us know how it goes with the vet.

And well done on taking them in. It was obviously the best for them since they were unwanted. It’s sad that people buy pets for their children and just pass them on when they become uninterested.
 

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Poor little piggies 😞❤ Head tilts usually happen when a piggy has sight problems. If they’re fighting to the point of bleeding you may have to separate them while still keeping them near each other. However, I think that when guineas are moved to a new house they might try to establish dominance again? I’m not sure though, definitely not an expert.
 

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Hello all!

I recently rescued two young guinea pigs (6 months old) after they were given up by a family that seemingly became disinterested in them (who would have known that prey animals wouldn’t be overly fond of being picked up by young children?!). We have had them for over a week and they have been just fine and settled well, however earlier I heard a loud ruckus and went into the living room to find that Gizmo had a nasty bite on his ear, I’ll attach a photo of the bite to this post, but it runs from the centre of his ear almost to his head and there was cartilage visible and it was so bad you could definitely stick something all the way through!

This was the first sign of fighting I’ve seen, but it was so loud and the bite was so nasty I’ve separated them and created a side by side cage so that they are able to socialise but not get at each other! However I’ve noticed that since having the bite Gizmo has been tilting his head to the same side as the bite.

I know a head tilt can be very serious and so I’m rather concerned, however prior to the bite he displayed no signs of a head tilt or loss of balance. He was also checked out by our vet shortly after we took them in and he was given a clean bill of health.

I have cleaned the wound with a saline solution and plan to continue to do so. I plan on taking Gizmo to the vet just incase tomorrow, but I’m wondering if it is possible the tilt is to do with the pain the wound is likely causing him? I’m extremely worried about the tilt as I’m aware of how serious they can be and we recently lost one of our beloved piggies and so I can’t bear the thought of having to go through the stress again!

I’m hoping for the best but prepared for the worst and just wanted to reach out incase anyone else has ever had a similar experience? I’m mainly hoping for some peace of mind until I can get Gizmo to a vet!

Many thanks!
Hi and welcome

I am very sorry for what has happened. Please have him vet checked; the head tilt is pain/injury related. Keep in mind that the ear is a very sensitive organ and that your boy is in major pain. Personally I would not worry about his sight; this is one of the urban myths that are currently making the rounds online and that will sadly result in far too many piggies losing their chance to recover from an ear infection or injury because they won't be taken to see a vet in time for an antibiotic to make a difference. :(

I would like to ask our new members to please NOT throw any advice into the round that they don't have any personal experience with; we have this rule in this section for a good reason, @Hnrpiggies .
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Unfortunately a new territory means that the group hierarchy has to be established again. This can lead to fights not just in teenage boars, but also in adults if there are underlying problems in their relationship that will resurface in situations like that.
After a bad bite like that, they will sadly never be able to live together again in the same cage and will always need a divider between them.
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Thank you everyone for your kind words! Gizmo was checked by the vet and has been given the all clear. The wound is healing nicely and he no longer has a head tilt! Both piggies are now living side by side with a divider between them! :luv:
 
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