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my dog has an abscess on her face and she is very calm calmer

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my dog has an abscess on her face and she is very calm calmer then usual and has been sleeping all day, she is breathing very shallow. I dont have a dog thermometer i used a human one that is electronic and it came back as 101.5 the abscess was pusing and bleeding alot earlier and we squeezed as much as we could out.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 7 years ago.

Hi, I am Dr. Peter and would like to help. Need additional information.


1- Where is the abscess?

2- Did you take a rectal temperature? (thermometer are the same)

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
the abscess is right next to here left eye on the snout

and yes i did. but it was my first time doing it so i dunno if i put it in far enough but it was 101.5
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 7 years ago.

This abscess is probably as a result of a tooth root abscess. She is a young dog to have a tooth root abscess, but, it can be a foreign body as well. It is great that it is draining as this could cause sepsis (blood infection); continue to drain and flush with water. She needs to be examined by a vet, if not evident on physical exam the vet may need to take xrays to rule out tooth root abscess. Will need oral antibiotics for the infection.


If you have additional questions I will be online for another 15 mins.


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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
sorry i left out information on accident she was in a fight with one of my other dogs he is 9 yrs old and hes and austrilian shepard. I got in the way when i was petting him and i have a infection on my hand but i am taking antibiotics for it and its clearing up.

so does that change anything and if possible am i able to give my dog human antibiotics or what?
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 7 years ago.

That definately changes things; this is why I said to myself: "Wow young for a tooth root abscess, but could be a foreign body." So, yes the infection is as a result of the bite wounds. Not a big deal, need to pick up an antibacterial shampoo or a shampoo that has the ingredient: "Chlorehexidine." Dilute with water and flush the wounds with this mixture 3 times a day; allow to heal from the inside out; don't let it scab in.

What is the antibiotic you have and I will tell you if you can use it; What is the miligrams and how much does she weigh?

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Amox - Clav 875mg of amoxicillin 125 mg of Clav she weighs about 70 - 75lbs
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 7 years ago.

That is good; give her half twice a day for 10 days. And make certain to flush and clean wound as above.


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