Stoke is an 8-year-old domestic shorthair, neutered male cat. Stoke was presented to us because he was attacked by an unknown animal 2 months ago.
In an effort to help Stoke – he received injectable antibiotics, as well as several types of oral antibiotics and a surgically placed drain which removed both necrotic tissue and purulent material (also known as “pus”). After approximately 50 days of treatment (including 11 days of hospitalization), Stoke is now back to his old self.
An abscess is a localized infection – usually a pocket with a collection of purulent discharge. Abscesses can form from irritations/abrasions, or most commonly, in the case of infected bite wounds. Almost any type of mammal can be at risk for abscesses. Outdoor cats are generally considered high risk because of the plethora of dangers that can be encountered while outside, especially bite wounds from other cats. Abscesses are typically treatable, and treatments range from irrigating/cleaning the wound, oral or injectable antibiotics, and various surgical options including debridement or drains. While abscesses cannot always be prevented, if your pet has been in a fight or appears to have trauma wounds, be sure to bring your pet to us immediately!