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Old 06-09-2018, 12:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Urgent! Open neck wound

I saw tonight that Poppy has blood in the fur on her neck, right below the ear. The skin looks raw and irritated but there doesn't appear to be fur loss or scabbing so this must be a very new injury. I don't believe the blood in running from out of her ear but I'm worried maybe it's ear mites and her scratching is causing this wound in the area. I'm calling the vet tomorrow morning. I also took the wheel from her cage for the night just in case this wound is something serious in her neck. I don't want her moving around too much. Is there anything else I could do for her? Thanks.
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Old 06-09-2018, 03:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hopefully you were able to get her into the vet's by now. Going to the vet and getting it checked out is the best thing you could do. Hope to hear how things went!
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Old 06-11-2018, 12:39 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Sorry this is a couple days later. When I called the vet she didn't seem too concerned about mites being that I have never seen Poppy scratching. The vet said to gently wipe the dried blood from her fur with a warm cloth and apply a tiny bit of pressure to stop bleeding. Once the area was cleaned up I was able to see it better and there was a small hole below her ear. The vet thinks maybe she just nicked herself with her nail. I checked her nails and they aren't that long though so I'm still a bit confused. Poppy is doing good though. No further bleeding, she's pooping, eating, everything's normal. I guess we'll just never know for sure what happened but I'm going to continue closely monitoring. Thanks for your advice and concern for my baby!
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I've heard of hedgehogs poking themselves in the ear with quills and pretty much piercing their ears. Maybe that what happened with her.
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After a few weeks of having my girl, she managed to pierce her own ear. Luckily I had brought her to the vet for a different reason when I noticed it. He removed the quill and cleaned/sanitized the area. No issues after that.
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Old 08-01-2018, 12:42 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Late but with future advise. It sounds like she just scratched herself too hard. If she does that in the future there is a product called "bag balm" that is like a pet-safe petroleum jelly that you can put on wounds after cleaning them. It keeps them clean and soothes the area so that she's less likely to itch it while it heals.
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