Frank is a 5 month old mixed breed puppy who became lethargic, stopped eating and had a low-grade fever. Within a few days the cause of his illness became obvious. Frank developed a large abscess below his jaw and along the side of his neck. Treatment required surgery to flush and drain the abscess as well as a Penrose drain and antibiotics to clear up the infection. Once the abscess was drained Frank began to improve immediately
Abscesses are a common problem in our pets, both dogs and cats, They result from bacteria entering soft tissues from a puncture wound, bite or migrating foreign material and forming a pocket of pus.