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Welcome! I am Dr. Altman, a licensed veterinarian and happy to answer your questions today.
So sorry to hear Bo has this abscess
Yes, it does sound as if things are progressing as I would like as well
Unfortunately these cannot be closed because the material will have no where to go
Your only other option is to surgically go in and remove the dead and/dying tissue, close the wound and put a drain in coming out below the abscess but if this is healing, which it sounds like it is, then surgery maybe able to be avoided
I am assuming that you were also sent home with antibiotics and antiinflammatories as well
Yes with time the tissue will granulate in and the pocket will recede
You can flush and then massage and flush again. Are you able to massage out some of this fluid? You should be flushing until the fluid is clear each time
Ah so a drain was placed then
If you are still removing fluid and material you absolutely need to continue the antibiotics longer than 5 days
Yes, that is air and fluid
Your massaging it is going to allow the material that is attached to be removed and flushed out
You should be able to remove about 50-70% of what you put in
LOL it is interesting what your computer is coming up with as alternatives!
Massaging and doing the best you can
And he should be on antibiotics 3-5 days past when the material is clear
OK glad you have the ten days in hopes you do not have to return
You are very welcome
Can I assist with any additional questions today?