General information on Neck Abscess
Neck abscess is a localized accumulation of pus caused by trapped bacteria on the neck. Neck abscesses appear suddenly and tend to cause the affected catís neck to appear larger in one spot. Most neck abscesses are caused by an infected animalís bite. In most cases, the affected cat was in a fight with another cat that bit their neck. A catís teeth are narrow and the mouth of the cat is filled with bacteria. When the cat bites the other cat, the bacteria from the mouth become lodged in the wound which then become trapped under the skin due to the fact that the wounds are small and heal quickly; thus leading to an abscess. Other causes of neck abscesses are when foreign bodies, such as splinters, that are covered with bacteria become lodged in the neck. Most neck abscesses are accompanied by fever.
Symptoms of Neck Abscess
Some of the symptoms of neck abscess may be: fever, swollen area of the neck that is hot and painful to the touch, yellow tinted discharge may be seen at the sight that may be accompanied by an odor, lethargy, loss of appetite, irritability, and other behavioral changes due to pain and fever.
Treatments for Neck Abscess
The treatment for a neck abscess is to first open and drain the pus out. A veterinarian can determine the proper time to drain the neck abscess as well as determine if other steps are necessary prior to the drainage of the neck abscess, such as warm compresses for a few days prior to the drainage. After the neck abscess is drained, the area is likely to be flushed with an antiseptic solution as well as antibiotics being administered. In severe cases, the edges of the wound are separated with a latex tubing after the draining of the neck abscess to allow the inner layers of the skin to heal first and for the pus to continually drain.
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