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The dog's abscesses will be drained and lavaged for several days. In some cases, a penrose drain will be utilized, whereby a soft rubber tube is placed in the affected area to prevent fluid buildup. Depending on the severity of the infection, your veterinarian may also need to debride (cut open and/or remove tissue) or remove bone, which will require surgery.
Many veterinarians recommend the administration of antibiotics for a minimum of three to four months after the resolution of all signs. This will assist in fighting against other commonly associated microbes.
Observe the affected area for signs of infection and contact a veterinarian if the following signs are noted: itching, swelling, redness and/or draining. Otherwise, your veterinarian will schedule regular follow-up appointments to monitor your pet closely for recurrence. Redevelopment of infection at the initial site should be expected in about half of the cases.
A medical condition in which bone and bone marrow becomes inflamed
The membrane that covers the wall of the abdomen and pelvic area
An in-depth examination of the properties of urine; used to determine the presence or absence of illness
The ability to create a disease where a disease might not normally be found, usually due to an ill timed or unlikely weakness
A product made of fluid, cell waste, and cells
The term for plant life or animal life that is microscopic
a) living in an environment lacking free oxygen b) pertaining to an organism with the ability to live in an environment lacking free oxygen.
The species that a living thing has descended from
A change in the way that tissue is constructed; a sore
Resists the effects of acids; has less of a chance of losing color due to acidic properties