Q. 1313 year old, female, chi, flea allergies, has bump near vaginal area, looks infected, urinating and pooping normal, not showing any behavior differe

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A. Signs of infection such as abscess often include swelling and redness, heat or pain on touch, and oozing of dirt and debris from the site. If you are seeing these signs, or if the discharge is from the vaginal area itself, it is best to seek veterinary care. You may also want to bring in a sample of her urine to rule out urinary tract infections. Abscesses are usually drained and treated with antibiotics and other causes of infection may be treated with medication, wound care or diet changes.

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