We have a pair of gerbils - Carrot and Sam who are brothers, 2 years 3 months, and have never properly fought in all the time we've had them. As all gerbils do they do occasionally box. We discovered a tumour on Sam's scent gland on Friday, and the tumour (and his whole scent gland) was removed this morning with good margins.
Thankfully he came through the anaesthetic fine and came home this afternoon, a little stoned but otherwise himself.
The veterinary nurse who handed him back to us said we should keep Sam apart from Carrot for 5 to 7 days in case Carrot should tear open the wound on Sam's tummy.
We sort of ignored that and gave them five minutes together supervised this evening in the small tank that Sam's in for easy access, and they both perked up considerably. Before this, Carrot especially had been roaming around looking frankly miserable.
I'm very uncomfortable with the idea of leaving them parted for 5 to 7 days. TBH I'm pretty uncomfortable with leaving them parted even for a full day.
So my question to those with more experience of these matters than I do is this:
How long should I keep the little dudes apart from each other after the surgery? Was the veterinary nurse correct in saying there should be a 5-7 day gap?
Thanks in advance for any advice you can give me.
Picture of the dudes in happier times. Carrot is the lighter gerbil on top, Sam is the darker gerbil underneath