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how to lance an abscess on my cat myself

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how to lance an abscess on my cat myself
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  LSU-Vet replied 5 years ago.
Thanks for writing in,

Of course it is always suggest that you bring your cat to your vet to have the abscess lanced. Abscesses are extremely painful and generally require heavy sedation or anesthesia to do this. Then it is flushed and possibly a drain put in. Your cat would then be started on antibiotics to help control the infection. IF going to your vet isn't an option then what I would suggest you do is first, be very careful!! Like I said, this is painful and your cat will bite you if he/she is in pain. If you can, clip the hair from the entire area and find the bite marks. You can open these with warm compresses or pulling off the scabs. This will allow the pus to be released. Then get some chlorhexadine solution, not scrub, from y our pharmacy as well as some saline. Dilute the solution until very light in color and use this to flush the wound. Then rinse with regular saline. Do this daily until the lesion closes on its own. YOu do want to keep the scabs off though so that it can drain and heal from the inside out. I hope this helps. Be careful!!!
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