When Yasmine is approximately 1 year and 10 months old, two (castrated) 3 month-old semi-wild male rats are introduced into the group: Gambit and Twix. On day 6 of the introduction there is an interaction between Yasmine and Twix that results in a wound behind Yasmine’s left ear.
Good hand washing technique is done with soap and water before inspecting the wound. The wound is not formally cleaned.
*Note that their cage contains only fabric and paper as bedding material; the litter boxes contain wood pellets.
Wound closure with tissue adhesive (“skin glue”) is considered; however, it is determined that the “fresh” tissue on either side of the wound should adhere itself more quickly without interference.
Yasmine is given two oral doses of Carprofen (prescription veterinary painkiller): one immediately after she sustains the wound, and one on the following day. No antibiotics are given.
Photo on left taken on day 1, shows bite wound behind left ear a few moments after being inflicted. Center photo taken on day 2 shows closure of wound. Photo on right shows Yasmine and Twix eating together inside a house after a successful introduction.
*note: history of surgically removed left eye for medical reasons.
Posted on June 19, 2012, 19:02,
Last updated on June 21, 2012, 17:55