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Strange Scab!

Post by revol.lover on Tue May 06, 2014 11:23 pm

Hey everybody, I'm new enough to here but unfortunately one of my ratties has come into a problem.

We'll be taking him to the vet in a few days time (trying to scrape money together) but in the mean time I'd like your opinions.
Well Loki is just over a year old, the cage is always in good condition, he's no different. Happy, chattering no change in behavior.

We noticed this on his stomach as he was climbing around the cage yesterday. We're always seeing them and taking them out so it must have popped up very recently!

It's not scabby or oozing, he doesn't seem to be over grooming. His cage mate Thor does get rough sometimes and leave bites.

Thanks for anything you could offer,
Pictures attached, sorry they aint great, he was squriming. Lips Sealed




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Re: Strange Scab!

Post by JinX on Wed May 07, 2014 9:08 am

looks like an abcess. It's best to seperate him from his cagemate(s) for a few days. Abcesses can be contagious. If it's black, it will be open soon. If it's open it's important to keep it clean so the puss can come out. Best way to do that is to use old towels as bedding. Should be a lot better in a week or so.

You can clean the wound (when its open) with some boiled water (wait till it's cooled down). Here we use green biotex (sort of washing powder) but no idea if it exists in ireland Tongue

My bumblebee had one in about the same spot. Had him seperated for a week and it cleaned up very nice. Now he's back with the group and all fine.
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Re: Strange Scab!

Post by eoghan on Wed May 07, 2014 9:28 am

Looks more like a staph infection. But looks can be deceiving. But its much the same treatment warm salty water or hibby scrub and rub gently two or three times a day. If taken to the vet you maybe prescribed antibiotics and or a steroid cream. Both useless unless cleaning doesn't cure it and the cleaning process may take weeks.

If it is an abcess you may get a pus discharge. This is good. Pus can be different colurs and textures and may also have some blood in it. After that it is vital you keep it open and clean it will heal up on its own.

If its staph eventually the hair will come off and it may leave a small cut. Again cleaning it will cure it. If it is staph you must be careful it can be contagious to you or other rats, zoundz can elaborate, so wear gloves. It will only give you a rash as far as I have seen.

If it is an abcess there should be a hard lump under the dark skin.
Staph will not have this. Either way if not sure go to the vet. Majority of skin issues heal with cleaning

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Post by Zoundz on Thu May 08, 2014 2:12 am

It's a preputial abscess ;)and it looks like it's already burst. I would bathe it in salt water or diluted hibiscrub and see if the scab comes off, as you want it to be kept clean - and to heal from the inside, so being covered in a scab is not ideal. These are not usually contagious, but they can be hereditary.

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ETA - staph infections don't usually have these black scabs, having said that staph may be present, and in case of that, it's always wise to be careful with handling the area, and to keep yourself scrupulously clean too, as staph can be contagious to people - and it's a little worse than just a rash Wink it can be very very nasty!

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Re: Strange Scab!

Post by revol.lover on Fri May 09, 2014 4:57 pm

Thanks for all the replies!
Loki has been separated from his cage mates and we've been treating him like you've all said.
The scab appears to be coming off now, a little oozing but the skin underneath looks healthy and pink.
I'd say he'll be right as rain soon Smile
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Re: Strange Scab!

Post by eoghan on Sat May 10, 2014 3:33 am

Good stuff

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