Abscess Average Cost

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Average Cost

$700

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What are Abscess?

Abscesses arise when the body is unsuccessful in fighting off the underlying infection. An abscess usually has a definitive cause, such as poor dental hygiene, trauma, and injury. An abscess may not be life-threatening on its own, but can develop into a severe condition if left untreated.

Abscesses, usually appearing as pus-filled boils, form when the skin or gums become infected. There are two types of abscess in cats, dental and skin abscesses. Dental abscesses form when bacteria invade the root of a damaged or fractured tooth. Skin abscesses usually occur after an injury, most often a bite from another cat.

Symptoms of Abscess in Cats

Abscesses are painful and, if left untreated, can lead to the development of serious and even life-threatening conditions such as immunodeficiency virus and feline leukemia virus (FeLV). Seek immediate veterinary attention as soon as you notice any of the following symptoms:

  • Signs of pain, such as pawing at the abscess
  • Loss of hair at the abscess location
  • Bad breath
  • Swelling of the face or gums
  • Red, swollen, or inflamed skin
  • Pus or blood on the skin
  • Excessive itching
  • Bleeding gums
  • Loss of appetite
  • Drooling
  • Fever
  • Lethargy

Causes of Abscess in Cats

Abscess is generally caused by injury or infection of the gums or skin. Dental abscesses are typically caused by tooth fracture, damage, or decay. Skin abscesses are generally attributed to fighting activity, but may occur as a result of another form of injury. 

Male cats have a higher chance of suffering from abscesses due to their aggressive personalities and tendencies to fight. Indoor cats have a decreased risk of developing abscess compared to outdoor cats for the same reason. Young cats, as well as intact cats and those that have developed abscess in the past, also have a higher risk for forming abscesses.

Diagnosis of Abscess in Cats

Your vet will be able to make a tentative diagnosis following a physical exam based on presentation of symptoms and appearance of boils. Be sure to inform your vet of the extent and duration of your cat’s symptoms, as well as your cat’s outdoor activity and any previous history of abscesses or infection.

The physical examination will usually be sufficient for making a definitive diagnosis. However, your vet may also choose to take a bacterial culture or examine the fluid from the boils using a microscope, particularly if the abscess is difficult to identify. For dental abscesses, your vet may take an x-ray.

Treatment of Abscess in Cats

Treatment will usually involve cleansing or lancing the boil(s) and prescribing an antibiotic regimen. In order to lance the abscesses, your vet will need to sedate your cat and put a drain in place. This is to prevent the wound from closing back up and sealing in the infection.

Antibiotics are usually prescribed to treat the underlying bacterial infection in both skin and dental abscess. Antibiotic treatments for abscess are generally prescribed for three weeks. In some cases, your vet may prescribe pain management medication as well.

For cases of a dental abscess, your vet will resolve the particular issue through root canal, extraction, or saving the affected tooth. They may also recommend dietary changes. Your vet will discuss treatment options for a dental abscess with you based on your cat’s individual needs.

Recovery of Abscess in Cats

Recovery and prognosis will depend on whether or not the abscess has caused a more serious condition. For most cases of abscess, the prognosis is generally good with immediate treatment. Always follow your vet’s post-treatment instructions carefully.

Your cat should begin to improve within a few days of treatment, with complete healing typically observed within two weeks. Do not allow your cat to irritate the drain or the surgery site. An Elizabethan collar may help with this.

If your vet has prescribed antibiotics, it is imperative that you administer the medication for the entire recommended duration of treatment even if the condition starts to improve. Failure to do so could result in aggressive recurrence.

Preventative measures are often advised to avoid future recurrence of abscess. For dental abscess, good dental hygiene is imperative. This involves brushing your cat’s teeth daily, giving them dental treats, and eliminating harmful dental habits such as chewing on hard toys or foods. For skin abscess, it is a good idea to limit your cat’s outdoor activity, particularly if they often engage in fights with other cats.

Your vet will schedule a follow-up appointment within two to five days of treatment in order to remove the drain. However, do not hesitate to contact your vet if the condition does not seem to be improving with treatment, if you notice any swelling around the surgery site, or if the condition recurs.

Abscess Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Milo
Tom cat
7 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Medication Used

Triple anitibiotic ointment

My cat had a lump. It popped and had a milky white substance come out. I’ve been treating it with triple Nitibiotoc ointment. No appetite chance or behavior change. Is still very active. Have to keep him from scratching it. If it opens it’s about the size of a dime. I can’t really afford a vet visit. Is he ok?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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When abscesses form, normally a topical approach isn’t sufficient to treat the problem and a more systemic approach is required; whilst I understand your financial concerns, not everything can be treated at home with over the counter medications. A visit to your Veterinarian wouldn’t break the bank for an examination and some medication. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

no, it won't break your bank! But for some people, yes vet visits are expensive. Not everyone has $165 laying around..

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N/a
Siamese mix
3 Days
Fair condition
-1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

open sore
Pus drain

My Siamese had 3 kittens and she doesn’t know how to carry them so she punctured one of her babies with her tooth. It now has an abscess on its belly. The pus drained now it has an open sore but I’m worried that the momma kitty and kittens will be affected by the abscess. Is it possible that mom and kittens will be infected from the one that has an abscess?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If it is a septic abscess, the other kitten may be affected due to having an underdeveloped immune system; however you should taken the affected kitten to your Veterinarian for an examination to determine the flush out the abscess and to receive treatment with antibiotics (along with any other treatment required) to assist in the healing process. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mokino
Indian donestic
1 Year
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Drain of pus,lethargy,no appetite
Drain of pus,lethargy,lose of appetite

Medication Used

Flagyl,rantac syrup

Hi doctor my cat mokino injured 2 wks back,he was limping on left leg if backside,we have done x-rays ,there is No sign crack or fracture seen,still he has list appetite, yesterday passed small amount of blood with stool,and today he drained a lot of pinkish and reddish pus from a tiny hole from affected leg.now i hv fone an appointment with my vet who will do the dressing and all today itself.
my question is that is it life threatening as he drained that much pus and feelings extremely lethargy?
As it is not been noticed for last 2 wks will it heal?
What more i can do to save his life?
First one wk he has given steroid... Omnacortil in decreasing dose,pain killer, and for last two days he has given flagyl syrup once a day and rantac syrup once a day.he is not vaccinated.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If Mokino has an abscess, and it is draining, he may need antibiotic therapy. Typically, abscesses respond quite well to antibiotics. Your veterinarian will be able to tell you more once they have examined him. It would be a good idea to have him vaccinated as well, as there are many infectious diseases that we can prevent. I hope that he is okay.

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Boots
Cat
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Wound

Boots is a mostly outdoor cat and came home 2 weeks ago with a wound on his head. He doesn’t come home every night but he’s back now especially to get away from the outside heat and he has a wound on the back of his head that is a hole. About an inch diameter and it’s pussing and smells really bad.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Outdoor cats are susceptible to any number of traumas that can happen. If the wound smells and there is pus coming from it, it is probably infected, and he should be seen by a veterinarian to see if medications may be needed.

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Thomas
Orange tabby
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Low energy, not sleeping,

Today my cat had a abcess drained and cleaned at the vets office, was given a shot of antibiotic and a anti-inflammatory for fever. We have been home about 12 hours now but he still is very quiet and standoffish. He is eating and drinking some. The vet never gave me any home recommendations or did not ask to see him. I should add it was a puncture wound that happened about 4 nights ago, I assume from a stray feril cat I see at night. My question is because Thomas is still acting standoffish and quiet. He's not sleeping he's just laying on his tummy, eyes wide open, no purring when I pet him could he still be running a fever? Or could it just still be pain? No pain meds were sent home for him. I didnt notice any change in him after he was given the anti-inflammatory neither.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It will take some time for Thomas to start showing improvement, the antibiotic and anti inflammatory will take some time before their effect will be seen; you should keep an eye on Thomas and ensure that he is otherwise keeping hydrated and not in any distress. If you have concerns, call your Veterinarian for a discuss on this condition. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Marley
tabby
1 Year
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Doesn’t eat a lot
Rotten
Cold

I want to know if my cat is going to be alright. She slept outside one night. And the next morning she had a hole on her neck/cheek. My dad said she smaller a bit rottena and her ears are a bit cold. We can’t afford to take her to a vet. I’m really scared, my dad put some cream and pain relieving antibacterial spray. How do I know she’s going to survive?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Marley is having a bit of a rotten smell, you should visit a Veterinarian regardless to have the hole examined, flushed out and a course of antibiotics prescribed (if appropriate); without examining Marley I cannot recommend any specific cause of action but she may have been bitten by another cat or a dog which became infected. There are charity clinics and low cost providers which may be able to help you with Marley. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Achillies
Siamese
6 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling
Loss of Appetite

I have Two cats. My older cat developed a large swollen area on his face area... I cant Get a good look at it as he doesn’t want me to touch it. The two cats play often but my big cat hasn’t really wanted to eat since this happened. It’s been 3 days. Any ideas?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It is very possible that Achilles has an abscess or injury, and he probably needs treatment. It would be best to have him seen by a veterinarian, as they can assess him and see what treatment he needs. Untreated, those abscesses can become septic. I hope that all goes well for him!

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Simba
Unknown
8 Months
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Scabs, little pusa

What do I do to an abcess on my cats back left thigh? I do hydrotherapy 2 times a day and he has a cone on his head. It's about the size of a quarter. But no money to take him to the vet.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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An abscess is unlikely to heal well or at all without veterinary intervention especially if it is the size of a quarter; it would be best if it was flushed out and assessed by a Veterinarian and Simba is placed on antibiotics. I understand that veterinary care can be expensive but you can visit a charity clinic or reach out to a nonprofit for assistance, please see the link below. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.dogingtonpost.com/need-help-with-vet-bills-or-pet-food-there-are-resources-available/

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Leah
Calico
14 Months
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none

My kitty got a abscess on her tail. The hole was around a thumbtack. My question is about the healing. I clean it 3-4 times a day. She’s just finished he antibiotics as of today. It’s been about a week. The area is a hard scab. . Is that mean it’s starting to heal or should I take her to vet.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It is difficult to comment on whether what you're seeing is part of the normal healing process, or if Leah needs an extended course of antibiotics. It would be best to have a recheck with your veterinarian to reassess the area and see how it is healing, and if it needs any further care.

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ZAZZLES
Tabby Cat
3 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lump
Pain
Trouble jumping
Lethargy

Medication Used

Metacam

My cat was taken to the vets today with a abscess on his back hip. He has a lump and a single puncture wound. He has had 2 injections and requires further medication. Should they operate? They said they would like to see him and maybe cut it out..but what if its left and goes with antibiotics?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Generally we see if the abscess will respond to antibiotic and anti inflammatory treatment, however if there is no improvement then surgery may be indicated. For now give the treatment as prescribed by your Veterinarian and monitor for improvement. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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waffles
Turkish Van
2 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Puss

hi my cat started to form a rather large lump on her tail took her vets he gave antibiotics lump went down after 7 days but was still slightly there i gave her metacam aswell yesterday i was assessing the area and pulled what something out which seemed to be a claw and a smelly discharge came out and then bled a little bit should that be the end of it now i am also concerned as vet should of spotted this.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sometimes it isn’t always easy to spot everything during an examination, I cannot say whether or not your Veterinarian missed anything since it can be easy to do so sometimes. However, you should clip the hair around the wound, wipe away any discharge and bathe with a dilute antiseptic; you should also return to your Veterinarian (or another Veterinarian) as another course of antibiotics may be required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sky
Siamese
4 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen Lymph Nodes
Lump

My 4 month old Siamese has what appears to be swollen lymph nodes, or a possible lump. She is less playful and sleeping a lot lately the lump has been there for 2 days now. There is NO open wound or redness on the lump it is just there.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. She is quite young to be developing a tumor, so I would suspect an abscess or swollen lymph nodes, yes. Without seeing her, I can't comment on what the lumps might be, but it would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian, as that may be an infection, abscess, or signs or a greater systemic disease. I hope that she does well.

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Garfield
Medium hair
10 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy..lazy. weight loss . Sick
Lethargy

Medication Used

Probiotics

Hi,5 weeks ago my 10 yr old male cat had surgery on his neck area below his jaw for drainage of a abcess. He had an injection of antibiotics to last for 2 weeks. Had a cone on for a week and it healed fine. He had the abcess, for awhile as he lost some weight , he has had several in the past, but only on his back. He had a severe reaction to the medicine of being out to sleep and woke up in a frenzy. They had to sedate him upon waking from surgery and we picked him up later that day. His eyes were completely black until the next morning (dialated)..he hasn't been himself since the abcess surgery. Vomitting..diarrhea.. lethargic..he actually looks old and has not gained weight back..he does eat and I started him on Iams cat food for digestive issues and put probiotics on his food. We did not know he had the abcess..when we would check him over we could not find it..it was only when he started scratching his face that we searched his skin and found the big lumps beneath his jaw. He is not a cat that is quiet as he meows all time..not anymore...and he doesn't seem to have much energy..he still purrs and sleeps with us..the diarrhea and vomitting have stopped since giving him probiotics but I can't get over the look on his face..like tired, old, sad look..not our bouncy contrary mischievous Garfield..in trying to avoid the vet as his surgery was expensive and my hubby isn't working. I guess we are wondering if this is normal? He does have a couple of teeth that need to come out..or at least one..the vet said but they quoted us $1800 for a cleaning and possible extractions..he had dental surgery 2 years ago and had 6 teeth removed..he only has 7 left..in at a loss of what to do..we don't qualify for charity vet and there isn't one anyway that I ever heard of in NL. Help with any suggestions of what to give him would be appreciated...again..we cannot afford the vet for surgery or blood work at this time..

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm sorry that that is happening to Garfield. Unfortunately, without seeing him, there isn't much that I can suggest, as I don't know what might be wrong with him. It would be worth a recheck with your veterinarian, just to have an exam and see if there is anything that they can recommend for him. He may have come into contact with an infectious disease while fighting with other cats, and he may need therapy for that. I hope that he is okay.

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Billu
Indian
2 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Lathargic only as he has not eating

My male cat had a fight with another male cat and had an injury in his neck because of that he is not eating anything from last 5 days vaccination is done and antibiotics were given but he is not eating anything if we are trying to give him food he is vomiting the food

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm not sure what kind of injury Billu sustained in the fight, but if he is not eating and hasn't eaten in 5 days, he does need to have a recheck with your veterinarian to see what further care he needs. Cats cannot go very long without eating, as it starts to cause other problems.

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Sparkle
short hair?
2 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

small hole in skin

Not 100% sure this is even an abscess, have an indoor cat named Sparkle -pure indoor- and i notice he's gotten a tiny hole in the base of his tail, no swelling, nothing inside puss or infection wise. cat is normal eating and drinking wise, it doesn't seem to hurt him if i touch it. What should i do till the hole heals up? and what could've caused it?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Typically if it was from an abscess we would expect to see some discharge, pus or blood around the hole or on the floor, furniture etc… However a hole may form due to injury, botflies among other causes; you should ensure that the hole is keep clean by cleaning it with salt water (a teaspoon salt in a pint of warm water) and see how it goes. If there is no improvement visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chester
Nebelung
9 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

My cat had an abscess on the middle of his tail took him to a vet because it drained on its own and they injected antibiotic on his tail and now it closed but it got inflated and it turned red with blood because he keeps taking off his bandage over night ( dr did not give me a cone) . dr told me to keep putting antibiotic cream and change his bandage. But it still looks swollen with blood and abit of white stuff I'm assuming it's puss. He's been like this for almost 2 months. What has to be done?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Chester keeps taking off his bandage it would be wise to get a cone for him to stop him from getting to it; if the wound isn’t healing it may need to be seen again by your Veterinarian and they may need to debride the edges of the wound to have healthy clean margins for the wound to heal. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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baby
DOMESTIC
1 Year
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Paw Swelling

paw has a small red pus pocket non surgical how much am i looking at to treat my cat...........................................................................................

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Price depends on where you live (country, state, city) as well as your Veterinarian, the severity and response to treatment; however medical treatment may be within the $150-$500 range but if any surgery is required or there is no response to treatment the price may be more. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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sera
tabby
6 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Open Wound With Pus

My cat had a wound with pus so we took her to the vet. The gave her 10 days of antibiotics. The wound got smaller but didn't close completely. We called the vet and they said it may take time. She was later put on antibiotics again for 2 months this time with 2 different antibiotics. After being off 2 or 3 weeks it is back open again with pus.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the wound is not closing and healing there are a few different courses of action including culture and sensitivity testing to find a suitable antibiotic, debriding the wound and closing among others. You should return to your Veterinarian for another examination but I would look into surgical correction if possible. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chum
tabby
6 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

swollen

We noticed last night that our cat was favoring his back right leg and limping. This morning his foot on that leg has swollen up and he is getting around worse and is avoiding putting weight on that paw when walking or lying down. He doesn't seem to have lost his appetite and there is not any puss or an abscess that I can see, but he also isn't really letting us look too closely at his foot. He's always pretty lethargic, but he may be more so than normal right now. He was also in a cat fight about a week ago, so I'm thinking there probably is an abscess somewhere there that I just can't see.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It is possible that Chum has developed an abscess, or a strain or sprain that is causing him this pain. It would be best to have him seen by a veterinarian, as they can assess the leg and determine what may be going on, as well as any treatment that he may need to be healthy again. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Kiki
mixed
4 Years
Fair condition
3 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Bloody
Swelling

My cat has had a fight and there's a cut on her head which when cleaned, gives off a foul smell and brownish white puss. Her overall mood is fine but whenever I clean it, it fills straight away. It is smaller than a 5p coin.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you are noticing a foul smelling pus, you should visit your Veterinarian as there is nothing at home I can recommend you use to treat this; a course of antibiotics and a flushing would most likely be required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Patches
Unknown
1 Year
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Bald spot

My cat overnight loss a good chunk of fur. I found a lump at the top of fur less area. I took her to the vet, he drained the abscess, gave a shot of antibiotics and sent her home. We have done our best to do as the vet instructed us to make sure the abscess healed properly including having her wear a cone to prevent her licking the area. It’s been a week since the vet visit and everything is looking good. I am just wondering if the fur that fell out will regrow in time?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Fur does generally grow back but in some cases it doesn’t; when fur does regrow it may take a while to see it come back and it may not be as thick as is previously was. A week is a short period of time since this all began so I would recommend you give it some time, if the fur doesn’t grow back it would be a cosmetic issue and not a medical issue which is the main thing. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bella
Short Hair Cat
7 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping, tired, won’t eat or drink

My house cat got out and was gone 24 hours she came back dirty limping and is hiding under my couch she looks tired and won’t eat or drink anything and she sounds like she has cotton mouth

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without you getting a good look at Bella it is difficult to know what is going on exactly, you should try to coax her out and get a good look to determine the extent of any injury and whether or not she requires veterinary attention. If there are any wounds you should try to clean them with a dilute antiseptic but ideally visit your Veterinarian for a thorough examination and vaccination if she isn’t up to date. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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baghira
indian stray
6 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Baldness
Swelling

My cat had a injury in the face(left cheek), there was swelling and after a couple of days there was a small puncture and pus was coming out, i drained out the pus and cleaned the spot with antiseptic. But the spot kept swelling again and again and now there's loss of fur at the spot. I know i have to ideally take the cat to a vet but is it possible to treat her at home by some prescribed medicine ? I am a bit tight with finances as i am not earning at the moment.There's no other symptom like lethargy or loss of appetite but the wound isn't getting any better. Also she is a mother to 3 kittens 5-6 weeks old and still feeding on her milk.
Ps : I don't know her age, she just walked in our house one day and decided to make it her home.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst Baghira would most likely need a course of antibiotics, I cannot legally prescribe a prescription medication to an animal I haven’t personally examined; cleaning and antiseptics are good for topical treatment but Baghira would require a more systemic approach. You should visit a Veterinarian (or try a charity clinic if it is an option) to receive treatment for Baghira. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pooshy
Mixed breed
6 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

My cat has wound near her breast and it was small but now it has became wide and her inner body is showing. It has became long cut. Plzz tell me what disease is this.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Pooshy has a large wound which is growing in size and is exposing her insides (muscle or viscera) I would suggest visiting your Veterinarian immediately; this is mostly likely an aggressive infection but there is nothing which I can recommend for you to do from home. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Journey
Calico
1 Year
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen face, puss, lethargic

My cat journey is an outdoor/ indoor cat. She has been hiding all day and when she came out I had noticed that her face was swollen as well as under her chin. I looked at her and noticed she had booger like stuff in her fur, as I was getting ready to clean it I noticed there was puss coming out of a tiny tiny hole barely even able to see the wound only the puss coming out. What could this be? She also had a big sore on the back of her neck. I've been keeping it clean but not sure what else to do. Help? Thanks

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Journey has pus coming from the wound you should visit your Veterinarian to examine the suspected abscess, flush it out and prescribe antibiotics; cats may get abscesses forming from infected scratches after fighting with other cats. For the meantime try to trim the hair around the hole and keep it free of pus, dirt and debris the best you can until you see your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Garfield
American Shorthair
2 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Not wanting it touched, scratching

My 2 male cats always fights. The one always get the blunt of the injuries. I usually treat with Q tips and paroxide. Seems to help him. But his ear was injured 2 days ago, lots of saps Insode and out. Now there's a huge inflamed bump behind the ear, causing him alot of pain.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Cats often need medical treatment for abscesses, especially if they don't resolve with simple home care. It would be best to have Garfield seen by a veterinarian today, to have him examined and determine what medication he needs. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Borris
Marble tabby
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Tired

I just discovered a ruptured abcess on my cat. Today I pulled a pus sack out of the wound. Now there is a hole. I do not have money for a vet. I looked at home remedies on youtube. Any advice would be most appreciated.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. The abscess may heal on its own if it is draining. There aren't really any home remedies to fix the hole left by an abscess, just keeping it clean and keeping him inside and healthy, depending on how large the wound is. It may need to be surgically repaired if it is too large to heal on it's own - most clinics offer CareCredit as a form of payment for unexpected expenses - you can look into that as an option for treatment. I hope that Borris is okay.

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Omalley
mixed
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Abscess

Medication Used

Amoxicillin

My cat has an abscess on his leg, he was prescribed amoxicillin by a vet but he started throwing up and stopped eating so I stopped the medicine. He is eating but the leg isn't getting much better, and it was. What should I do?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Omalley did not tolerate the Amoxicillin, he may need another antibiotic that does not upset his stomach so that his leg will heal. It would be best to call your veterinarian and let them know what happened, and get an alternate medication for him.

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Trey
White Bengal
Three Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy

It appears as though my cat was bitten in the cheek by another cat. After reading about abscess, I am under the impression that I found it after it had burst: hair was already gone around the area, puss was coming out, and there was a slight lump. Not knowing what it was at the time, I cleaned the injury, and have been treating the hole with some antibacterial spray and Neosporin.

It has been almost two weeks now. There is no longer a lump, and no pus to be seen since the time I first cleaned it. Around the hole (which went from a dime in size to the tip of a pencil) however, the skin is a shade darker than the rest. I am wondering if that color is normal, or if it is a sign that there is infection under the skin.

My cat still eats and drinks normally. He does seem a little more lethargic the last few days, but I am not sure if that is a symptom of the abscess or because he has been wearing a cone on his head for so long and is a little depressive.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In any case you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to see if the discolouration of the skin is something to be concerned about or not, it may be an indicator that there is insufficient blood flow to the skin which may also cause a delay in healing; additionally a course of antibiotics may be needed to help complete the healing process if there is a small infection present. Without examining the wound, feeling the skin temperature of the discoloured area and checking for sensitivity I cannot say whether it is alright or not. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bobby
British Shorthair
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Not pooing

Medication Used

Antiinflama
antibiotics

My cat had an abscess has had antibiotics and it burst on the way to the vets for the 2nd visit. But hasn’t poo’d for 5 days now? Help please his stomach is hard he’s still eating but not drinking

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Constipation may be due to a lack of water intake, if Bobby isn’t drinking it may be a case of either syringing water into his mouth (between the teeth and cheeks) or mixing some water together with some wet food to increase water intake; also boosting fibre with some plain canned pumpkin may help too. If you still don’t have look getting him to defecate you should return to your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Juliette
domestic short hair
16 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Abscess

My 16 year old female cat was recently diagnosed with an intra-abdominal abscess and a ? of an intestinal tumor. We took her to the vet due to weight loss and decreased appetite. They found the mass and preformed an ultrasound and cytology. They also did blood and urine. Her WBC was very high and liver functions were also elevated. The cytology report just showed abscess debris. She is on day 5 of clavamox bid and has been happier, eating and drinking. She seems to already be gaining weight on the a/d food the vet recommended.
I noticed the other day that the shaved skin on her abdomen was hanging a bit. I figured that this may be due to her 2.5 lb weight loss. She weighed 5.56 lbs a few days ago. It appears now to have some yellow fluid under the skin. Could the abscess be leaking? I hate to rush her back in because she is a very anxious cat and hid under the bed for 24 hours when we got home.
Thank you so much for your time!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If in doubt you should take Juliette back into your Veterinarian or an Emergency Veterinarian, it may not be a case of the abscess leaking but of fluid accumulating for various reasons; the Veterinarian will be able to determine the type of fluid and the origin and treat accordingly. Without examining Juliette I cannot really give you any advice, given her age you shouldn’t wait to see a Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ginger
mixed
6 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
pus

Medication Used

Antibotics

I have a stray cat that lives here. He got in fight with a wild cat and he got injured thag caused him swollen leg. I put on some medicine but then today pus is coming out. I put antibiotic on it and i want to treat his injury. Due to some things i can't take him to vet these days. So any tips how to treat it at home? Although it is not big injury but still.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If there is pus coming out of the wound/abscess it would need veterinary attention to flush out the cavity and to get a course of oral antibiotics; wounds from cat fights can get infected very easily, you can continue to clean it at home but veterinary care is needed regardless of cost, location or anything else. If cost is a factor, you could either visit a charity clinic or reach out to a nonprofit for assistance. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.dogingtonpost.com/need-help-with-vet-bills-or-pet-food-there-are-resources-available/

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Unknown
Stray/Feral
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of fur, didn't notice any pus

I have a stray cat that I've provided shelter and a separate feeding station for, about 30 feet apart. The other day I noticed a quarter size open wound on her/his neck. It looked like a burst abscess. It is eating, but how can I treat it? It runs away as soon as it sees me. I've been putting wild salmon oil in it's food, otherwise, I don't know what to do. It does sleep in the shelter I've purchased on-line on a feral cat site so escaping it is not an issue, same as the food station. I also set up a motion detector so I know the cat is the only animal that goes inside the feeding station

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If this stray/feral cat is generally healthy, and has an abscess, and the abscess burst, it may heal on it's own. Ideally, you would have a veterinarian look at the wound and determine what is going on with it, and give him an antibiotic injection if needed. Since that doesn't sound like an option, it is reasonable to monitor the wound, and make sure that it continues to heal. Typically, once an abscess bursts, they are able to heal, it may just take time. If he looks like he isn't doing well, becomes lethargic or stops eating, he should be seen by a veterinarian.

The cat has been back several times and seems to be eating just fine. From what I can see, from a distance, the wound is “drying up”.

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Binky
Calico
6 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen where healing
Sad

My cat was treated for an abscess last Friday. She was given antibiotics that last a week and pain killers for 24 hours. Everything seems okay. She has small amounts of puss still coming out. It looks like it's healing inside and out but I'm afraid it will close before she's done with expelling the puss. She's seemed fine but today she's been just sleeping and not doing much of purring and she purrs even when getting cleaned. I don't have much money left to take her back and was wondering if there is something I should do or should I take her back? Or if she's fine all together and upset she's stuck in a cone.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you’re still seeing improvement, you should keep an eye on Binky but if the abscess is still leaking pus you should follow up with your Veterinarian just to ensure that everything is healing the way that it should and they may flush the cavity out to remove any remaining pus or debris. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Leah
Calico
14 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

none

Medication Used

Zeniquin

Hi my kitty got a abscess on tail from dads cat. He bite her. Took her to vet they cleaned it and gave me antibiotics. I’m out of state so I was just wondering what are the stages of healing. Right now it’s a scab. I am cleaning it with saline 3-4 x day. She eats drinks and uses bathroom. Thanks

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Generally the wound would take a while to heal since it most likely is a large wound with not opposing margins; keeping the wound clean is key for a favourable outcome. You will see over the coming days and weeks that the margins of the wound may get smaller and the underlying tissue will change due to granulation; keep the wound clean and complete the course of antibiotics. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kitty
Unknown
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Not eating not drinking either swea

My cat just had baby's about 11 days ago she stopped eating yesterday and she won't lay with her babies she had fleas and we gave her a bath with Dawn dish soap the next night the lump showed up I'm scared I'm going to lose her and her babies

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Kitty has an abscess that is making her sick and not want to eat or want to have her kittens nurse, that needs to be treated right away, as the kittens won't survive without nursing. You may need to bottle feed the babies kitten formula and stimulate them to defecate and urinate until she is feeling better - you can get a bottle and formula from a pet store, or from a veterinarian when you take her in to be examined and treated. I hope that they are all okay.

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Oreo
Ragdoll
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Puss
Limping,
Swelling

Medication Used

Metacam

Visited the vet to treat an abscess from a bite on the leg. The leg was swollen, but the actual abscess seemed to be on the chest near the armpit. The vet drained the that abscess and put him on antibiotics. After 4 days of antibiotics, 2 new skin holes have appeared on the bitten leg that are bleeding/leaking, and his hind leg is now swelling and painful. His overall condition (lethargy, fever) seems better, but the appearance of more and more abscesses is concerning. We have a recheck in 2 days, but I am concerned on the severity.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You shouldn’t wait for the check up in two days, I would recommend that you visit your Veterinarian today if possible since it is clear that treatment isn’t going to plan; a checkup is usually booked and we expect to see improvement and it is just a way for us (as Veterinarians) to note that improvement has been made, visit today. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Beau
Ragdoll
14 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Boil on cheek/chin, draining some

Medication Used

Felimazole

My cat is Hyperthyroid and I just had him at the vet yesterday, using the last of my money to buy his Felimazole. I don't get paid again for another week and I just discovered a dental abscess on his chin/cheek. It burst a little but still has more pus in it. I used a damp, warm cloth to help it open up and will keep doing that to get it to drain until I can get to the vet again next week (this vet didn't notice this problem yesterday so I'm thinking twice about going back. There's another vet nearby. She also doubled the dose of his hyperthyroid meds, even if he shows signs of kidney issues (drinking a lot, always hungry, resting a lot). What do I do to help my cat this week because nobody will see him without being paid upfront. Help!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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As long as Beau is eating and drinking and generally seems like he is doing ok, you should be okay to keep the wound clean until you can have him seen for the abscess. If it burst, it may heal on it's own, but if it still looks like it is infected when you are able to get him in, that would be best.

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Gizmo
Tomcat
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling, draining, firm

My Gizmo has 2 abcesses..This is my first time ever dealing with them so I am nervous. I called a vet and they told me suggestions. Well today is day 3, one is pretty munch almost gone n no more draining but the other one is somewhat still swollen but is draining still..is this normal or do I need to take him to the hospital?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm not sure if Gizmo is on any medications, but often those abscesses do need antibiotics. If they seem to be improving and his attitude and appetite are normal, you may be able to call them again, but it seems that he might need to be seen to make sure that he is getting the treatment that he needs.

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Thor
American Shorthair
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Pussing
swollen

My act has an abscess on his neck from where an animal has bit him, either a raccoon or another cat. He was bit around 3 weeks ago and we have been cleaning it with triple antibiotic ointment but, the abscess still has puss coming out of it. It isn't very big, less than the size of a marble. Our cat has had a small lack of energy, but nothing out of the ordinary. Also the hair on and around the wound has fallen off. We would take him to the vet but we are very poor and can barely pay bills and car payments. Is there anything I can do to heal my cat?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Thor requires systemic antibiotics which you would only get on prescription from your Veterinarian; for small wounds and scratches, topical therapy is great but for deeper wounds especially when an abscess forms systemic antibiotics are indicated. I would suggest you try to speak with a nonprofit in your area or a charity clinic to help with assistance for Thor. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mungo
domestic short-hair
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My ex-feral cat has an abscess on his face which has burst. We took him to the vet and she cleaned it and then gave us some iodine to clean it with and some anti-inflammatory to help reduce the swelling. However, she has not given him any antibiotics because of the concerns about antibiotic resistance.
He is eating OK and acting normal apart from the abscess. However, is this Ok or should we ask for a second opinion?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Antibiotics are not always prescribed and are done so at your Veterinarian’s discretion, I cannot say whether or not that was the right call as I haven’t examined Mungo. I would follow the instructions from your Veterinarian and monitor for improvement; if you don’t see any improvement you should return to your Veterinarian for another examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ninja
Siamese
7 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Not eating much. Not playful

Medication Used

Amoxicillin

My Ninja hasn't really been eating much or been very playful. We took him to two different vets with the symptoms but couldn't afford blood work etc. Today I noticed 2 draining abscesses. Now that they are drawing we put him on amoxicillin how long till his appetite should come back? Got the amoxicillin from a friend who ordered it off line for their cats.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I cannot recommend the use of an antibiotic that hasn’t been prescribed by a Veterinarian, we are struggling to keep antibiotic resistance to a minimum without non-prescription use of antibiotics. The abscess may not be related to the loss of appetite and without having more information cannot say whether or not it would be effective. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kitty
Cat
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen by drainage site

My cat was in an altercation with a feral cat and developed an abscess 5 days later. I took him to the vet and the abscess was lanced and he was given a shot of antibiotics and was orally given zydaclin by the vet and I was told to give him 1 ml twice a day. It has been 36 hrs and the area that was lanced is still swollen and open, yet no pus comes out when gently squeezed. Should I be concerned? The vet did not take a culture and the abscess was lanced after local anesthesia. Thank you.

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Peanut
Egyptian Mau mix
12 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Pain
Diarrhea
Abscess

I have a 12 year old cat who we recently rushed to a vet hospital because an abscess busted open next to her anus. I thought at first it was an anal sac problem but they informed me it was too high. When it bursted at home, a brownish, foul smelling liquid came out. They opened the abscess, drained and flushed, and gave her an antibiotic shot. She was sent home after 9 hours with pain meds and antibiotics. They didn't close it at all and left a very deep, gaping hole in her backside. It's been 5 days now but it's still seepy and hard to keep clean. They did not give us instructions on how to keep this huge hole cleaned as we can't keep her confined in a single room where we live. She's had diarrhea too, probably from the meds but eating, drinking, and generally happy... The giant wound just doesn't seem to be healing or hasn't yet.

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