Abscesses are a serious condition that warrant treatment — and frankly, they are pretty fun to treat. At Greenbrier Emergency Animal Hospital, we generally see abscesses in our feline patients who spend time outdoors socializing with other neighborhood cats and creatures, since abscesses are usually caused by a bite from another animal. Typically, a cat will receive such a bite while running away from a predator — and trying to escape a potentially much more serious injury or worse. Because most cats are furry, a puncture wound or bite wound will typically be covered by hair, so it will be difficult to spot. The skin wound seals up, and the bacteria continue to multiply and fester below the skin surface. In short, your cat just may not be acting like its normal, happy self.
Cat and Dog Abscess and Bite Wound Identification and Treatment
Tigs was presented with a nasty infection on the chin which was sore to touch and oozed serum and pus. We diagnosed feline acne which is a relatively common complaint in cats. We tried washing the area in Malaseb and applying Panolog ointment and started Tigs on Doxycycline antibiotics. After 7 days, there was only slight improvement.
Systemic antimicrobials are critically important in veterinary healthcare, and resistance is a major concern. Antimicrobial stewardship will be important in maintaining clinical efficacy by reducing the development and spread of antimicrobial resistance. Bacterial skin infections are one of the most common reasons for using systemic antimicrobials in dogs and cats.
Pets have a way of getting into trouble with one another. And when the seemingly inevitable altercations ensue, fangs and fur can fly. Unfortunately, a great many of these cases end in abscesses. An abscess causes a painful lump at the bite site, fever, and tiredness until the infection is cleared up, which will require antibiotics and possibly surgery, depending on the size and severity of the infection.