Initially, most skin issues can be treated with topical solutions and ointments, but when the issue becomes more serious, such as when the bacteria has gone deep into the tissue, or has infected the blood, alternative treatment options will be considered. Your dog will need to be taken to the veterinarian so that the wound can be properly cleansed, drained, and flushed. This will prevent deeper infection and complications. Your veterinarian will also prescribe antibiotics to control the bacteria. If the abscess is serious or deep in the skin, clindamycin may be recommended as a more aggressive mode of treatment.
If your dog has cuts or wounds, first evaluate whether they are deep or superficial. If they are superficial, there are several pet formulated over-the-counter anti-bacterial ointments that can be used to help reduce the likelihood of an infection. There are also some dips and shampoos that can treat your dog's entire skin surface. If you take your dog to the veterinarian and a course of antibiotics is prescribed, make sure that you complete the entire course of the prescription to prevent the bacteria from returning.
A localized infection, usually a lesion filled with pus. Can be large or small in size.