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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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Our 6 month old flemish giant bit threw her leg while

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our 6 month old flemish giant bit threw her leg while pulling hair . We have treated the wound and it started to close but a couple days later she was limping and upon looking under her leg there is now two quarter size holes and all the hair is gone in those areas. There is a thick creamish in color puss. It feels like there is a mass that is going from her leg down her side.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Pet
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with Pepper, Melissa. The bite wound has abscessed and needs to be surgically debrided - devitalized tissue removed as it were a tumor, thoroughly flushed with an antimicrobial solution such as chlorhexidine, and left open to drain. A systemic antibiotic is essential at this time particularly because the infection appears to have spread. In reaction to most bacterial infections, rabbits form thick-walled abscesses that contain caseous, purulent discharge. If these abscesses are merely opened and drained, they frequently recur. They need to be excised with a substantial margin so that all contaminated tissue is removed. After aggressive debridement of large abscesses, the wound is allowed to granulate in but the prognosis is guarded to poor for a complete cure.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Hi Melissa,

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

Dr. Michael Salkin