An abscess is a collection of pus in a newly created cavity in various tissues or organs. Abscesses can form anywhere in the body, on the surface or in the deeper layers. They could range from the size of a pinhead, rice grain, pea, or apple to the size of a coconut. Abscesses are discrete swellings which are usually hot and painful to touch, surrounded by redness. They occur as a result of the penetration of microorganisms through skin lesions such as bites, scratches, and various types of wounds. Abscesses can also be formed by metastasis of bacteria via the blood or can occur after the administration of some medications which can result in the death of a group of cells or tissue.
Treatment for abscesses may require varying amounts of time depending on the severity of the process and the general condition of the animal. Occasionally, abscesses do not respond to medical treatment alone and surgery will be required to remove any diseased tissue before the wound can heal. The veterinarian will determine whether antibiotics or other drugs are required. If prescribed, administer medications as your veterinarian directs. If you notice a change in the behavior of your pet or the appearance of the wound, it is important to contact your veterinarian as soon as possible. Do not attempt anything by yourself.