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Gerbil health advice - PLEASE HELP

Discussion in 'Rodents' started by Connie_rowe, Apr 8, 2020.


  1. Connie_rowe

    Connie_rowe PetForums Newbie

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    Hello, I have 3 girl gerbils.
    3 weeks ago one of them started to attack on of the others and I’ve had to separate them.
    The girl who was attached, had lots of bites in her bum and tail. They seemed to be healing fine but now the base of her tail is losing fur, has scabs and sometime fresh blood.
    She is current living with one other gerbil but no signs of fighting. Please help
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  2. Engel98

    Engel98 PetForums Senior

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  3. ForestWomble

    ForestWomble PetForums VIP

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    I have no idea I'm afraid, sorry.

    I would suggest phoning a vet for advice if you are still worried.
     
  4. Engel98

    Engel98 PetForums Senior

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    Once gerbils have de-clanned are they able to be reintroduced?
     
  5. ForestWomble

    ForestWomble PetForums VIP

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    No, especially if blood has been drawn.
     
  6. Engel98

    Engel98 PetForums Senior

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    does that go for any clan or just their previous clan?
     
  7. ForestWomble

    ForestWomble PetForums VIP

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    You can try to introduce a lone gerbil to another, but it has to be done carefully using the split cage method.
    It's best to introduce one to one, introducing a lone gerbil to an already esteblished clan won't work.
    Doing the split cage method with two adults is difficult, maybe even impossible when it comes to females, it is better to introduce a pup (less than 10 weeks idealy) to an adult, from what I understand it isn't impossible doing this with females, but it is harder. (Bonding an adult male with a male pup is easiest as males are friendlier)
     
  8. Susanna11

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    Gerbils that have fallen out with their clan can often still be introduced to others. If they were the victim in the declanning (i.e were being driven out) there's no reason they shouldn't be able to have a new companion. If a gerbil was the instigator I would be more careful, but even then, maybe they just had an issue with that one gerbil and will be fine with others. In the wild gerbils get some choice in who they live with, but in captivity it's pretty much whoever the breeder decided to put together, and there's no guarantee their personalities are going to mesh. If a gerbil has been the instigator in multiple declannings, it's probably best to keep them alone. There are some gerbils that don't get on with others. As ForestWomble says, introductions should usually only be one to one, and new gerbils shouldn't be introduced to established pairs or groups.
     
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