How to Treat Abscesses in Dogs
by Pet Qwerks Toys on March 23, 2019
Pre-Knowledge for Treatment
1. Abscesses are swell sore-spots that might also drain pus. They usually arise due to following things:
- Inappropriate Chewing
- Lack of hygiene
2. If not treated on time, your dog might be faced with a severe health issue.
3. Make proper handling and sanitary considerations before home treating your pup.
4. Watch for abnormal behavior when treating your dog, make sure you are not making him or her overly anxious or aggressive.
Method #1: The Clean-Up Discharge Method
#1. Make sure you sanitize your hands properly before and after treating the abscess. Use surgical scrub or alcohol.
#2. Use saline solution to flush out the wound. You will have to use a syringe to flush out the open cavity, with a saline solution.
#3. Use syringe of a soaked piece of gauze to clean the area around the abscess. Try to avoid further inflammation of the painful skin. Move the gauze away from the wound opening.
#4. In case of extreme pus discharge, limit your dog to their bed or crate. You should also make sure to change the bedding as recurrently as possible to reduce further contamination.
#5. Try to stop the pet from licking the inflamed area. You can use an Elizabethan collar to prevent them from biting or licking the wound.
Method #2: The Promote Drainage Method
#1. Use warm compresses and apply it onto the wound site multiple times on a day. This increases the blood flow to the affected site and improves the healing process. It also drains the toxins form the wound and keeps it open.
#2. When warming up the cloth to use as a warm compress, you can add a bit of apple cider vinegar or add a plantain tincture. You will have a medicated compress that will drive out the infection.
#3. Get a disposable towel to apply pressure to the wound site. This will squeeze the pus out. Make sure you get rid of the contaminated towel promptly.
#4. Ensure that the wound remains open as long as the pus is discharging. Do not cover with dressings.
#5. After all the pus has been successfully drained, now is the time for some ointment. Use an antibiotic ointment or calendula ointment to the pus-drained wound.
#6. You can also use unpasteurized honey as a dressing which allows for the toxic fluid to drain. It also has antibacterial properties and improves healing.
Cautions to take
1. Consult a vet in case of following symptoms of systemic infection:
- Loss of appetite
- Severe pain.
2. After the home treatment, the abscess should start healing within a few days, if that doesn’t happen, then refer to the vet.
3. Make sure to get an expert consultation when the abscesses are near sensitive areas such as eyes, ears or anus.
4. Thoroughly clean your hands before and after cleaning the wound site.
5. Do not cover a draining wound with dressing.