Mating and Dominance Wounds
written by: Suz Enyedy
Commonly called "mating wounds", in actuality, the type of wound pictured above is more accurately called a "dominance wound". Although oft-times these types of wounds are incurred during mating, many times, they are not. Both male and female gliders can be afflicted by dominance wounds. As the name implies, the wound is incurred when dominance by another glider is being established. Both mating and dominance wounds normally occur on the shoulder area of the glider. However, sometimes they will occur on the back of the head or the neck area.
Gizmo, a male glider, received this small dominance wound from his female cage mate.
Whether the wound occurs during mating or not, treatment is the same. When a dominance wound is discovered, no matter how small or large, veterinary care is necessary. Until you can get your glider to your veterinarian, the following steps should be taken:
- Separate the glider from its cage mate(s) immediately
- Rinse the wound with sterile saline solution*
- Apply plain Neosporin (without pain meds) OR Silver Sulfadiazine Cream
- Trim your glider's nails so that it can not tear the wound further when grooming itself
- Set up a hospital cage
*Sterile Saline Solution is available in syringes from The Glider Initiative
This wound was inflicted by an Alpha male in a colony with three females. The wound had been inflicted soon after feeding the colony in the evening. In all likelihood, the wound was caused by food aggression.
If you feel your glider is sick, please seek immediate veterinary
assistance. The information on this page and in the correlating
articles is for general educational purposes and is not intended
to replace proper vet care. Please do not try to self-diagnose or
self-treat your glider.