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My German Shepard got sick a month ago, I took him to the

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My German Shepard got sick a month ago, I took him to the hospital, they put in a pic line in his right front leg, a month later he has developed an abscess in his right shoulder. The vet put him on antibiotics and said if the abscess doesn't heal they will put him to sleep to clean it out. My question is, do you think the abscess was caused from an contaminated area when the pic line was put in?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 11 months ago.

Hi, I'm Dr. Peter. Welcome to JustAnswer. I'm reviewing your question now, and will post back with your reply ASAP.

Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 11 months ago.

Karen, I am sorry to learn Dublin has an abscess in his shoulder. In response to your question, the catheters we use to place in the front leg are short, about 2-3 inches and will not travel so far to the shoulder. Very seldom do we see abscess or infection as we sterilize the area. If an infection were to occur it would likely be limited to the area where the catheter was placed. It is not likely that the abscess Dublin has in the shoulder to be related to the catheter placed in his front leg, even less likely if it was placed 1 month ago.

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