Figure 1: Injury and hematoma in a 6-week-old male rat.
Case history and photos
Male dumbo approximately 6 weeks old.
Presented with an injury, which resembles a contusion or sprain, while playing. A hematoma resulted from the unresolved absorption of blood at the time of the injury.
Warm moist heat was tried without success, and because the injury was small, with no visible signs of infection, the site was cleansed with an antiseptic, and then incised with a sterile surgical blade and drained.
Injury and hematoma resolved. No mobility impairment.
Photo 1: Injury to left forefoot.
Photo 2: Cleansing with antiseptic solution.
Photo 3: Incision with sterile surgical blade and drainage of hematoma.
Photo: 4: Hematoma drained and area cleansed.
Case history and photos courtesy of Bellaratta’s Nest Rattery