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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Cat Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience.
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I'm helping a cat that has a puss inflammation spot thats

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I'm helping a cat that has a nasty puss inflammation spot thats red and swollen badly.
I've put hydra cortisone cream triple antibiotic ointment and try to clean the area with q tips. it looks like quite a bit of past continuous coming out do you have any comments that could help me
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 7 months ago.
You're addressing a bite wound abscess in a conservative manner which, unfortunately, usually fails. These abscesses need to be widely opened, flushed with an antimicrobial solution such as chlorhexidine, debrided (devitalized tissue removed), +/- a drain installed in order to keep the wound open for a few days, and a systemic antibiotic prescribed. In most cases, my patient is anesthetized for this painful work. Applying a topical ointment can't reach under the skin where festering is occurring. I applaud your caring for Simba but well-developed bite wound abscesses such as this are best attended to by vets. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
thank you it means so much
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 7 months ago.
You're quite welcome. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 7 months ago.
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin