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Aug 11 2015
12:42:33 PM
I think there may be a problem with my girls pouch. As you can see in the picture, the pouch is very brown. I've never noticed this before. She isn't pregnant as her buddy is neutered. She has been fighting quite a bit with Mickey due to food aggression. Mickey now seems very protective of her and is crabbing and biting at me. Am I overreacting? Please tell me what's wrong with my baby. Thanks in advance.
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Aug 11 2015
01:08:24 PM
Candy Cuddle Bear Visit Candy's Photo Album FL, USA 8110 Posts
She might have an infection that is making her pouch red and irritated. Only a vet can tell you for sure and provide the appropriate treatment.

Any infection in a glider can be serious. She needs to be seen by a glider experienced vet as soon as possible.
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Aug 11 2015
02:26:16 PM
Mickey2Minnie Joey Visit Mickey2Minnie's Photo Album AB, CA 31 Posts
Oh no. Any ideas as to what type of infection it is?
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Aug 11 2015
03:51:15 PM
Candy Cuddle Bear Visit Candy's Photo Album FL, USA 8110 Posts
Only a vet would be able to determine what type of infection it is - it could be a yeast infection or even a bacterial one. There are different treatments for each - she needs to be checked out by a vet either way.
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Aug 11 2015
08:20:49 PM
Mickey2Minnie Joey Visit Mickey2Minnie's Photo Album AB, CA 31 Posts
Yeah, I'll be taking her next week. Do you know what causes these infections?
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Aug 11 2015
11:24:55 PM
GLIDEIT Super Glider Visit GLIDEIT's Photo Album Canada 330 Posts
How long has it been irritated like that? It looks like there's a bump or swelling on the one side? Keep a close eye on her, if it starts getting crusty or wet looking, feels warm to the touch or develops an odor you will have to bump up your vet appt as untreated pouch infections can go systemic quickly. Have you seen her grooming her pouch? I know it's hard to tell by a picture, but I've seen my girls pouch looking a little swollen after a big cleaning session. It went back to normal in a couple hours, though.

You should probably make an e-collar and have a hospital cage ready in the meantime in case she starts selfmutilating.

When you take her in, make sure your vet swabs her pouch and does a culture if it's a bacterial infection to be sure she is prescribed the right antibiotic. Keep us posted! I hope she is on the mend soon.
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Aug 12 2015
04:04:21 PM
Mickey2Minnie Joey Visit Mickey2Minnie's Photo Album AB, CA 31 Posts
I just noticed it yesterday so I'm not sure how long it's been going on. There is a bump, and it's quite swollen. It is starting to get crusty and yellow around her pouch. She threw up last night and wasn't active. She has an appointment tonight and she is already in a hospital cage. I will update later tonight. Thanks everyone.
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