Harlequin Haven Great Dane Rescue

Harlequin Haven
Great Dane Rescue

11567 St. Rt. 774
Bethel, Ohio 45106

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Bite Abscesses

Even the best behaved pet can end up in a conflict with another animal.  Bite wounds can become abscessed.  This is a problem that requires veterinary care.  Typically, antibiotics are prescribed, and if the problem is severe enough, drains must be placed in the wound.  Hot packs are necessary to keep the wound draining properly and aid in healing.

Hot Pack Instructions

  • Fill a bucket or sink with hot water (hot to the touch but not scalding or painful) Add Betadine antiseptic to the water as indicated.

  • Dip a clean washcloth or towel into the hot water and wring it out so that it is still somewhat moist.

  • Apply the moistened towel to the injury and apply gentle pressure.

  • Remove the cloth when it no longer feels warm

  • Repeat this procedure for 5 minutes, two to three times a day.

  • If your pet has drains (plastic or cloth wicks) placed in the wound, be sure to remove any scales and / or debris that tends to accumulate after the hot packing is completed and the debris is softened.

  • Once the drains are removed, it is very important to continue the hot packing procedure.  Failure to do so may result in reformation of an abscess.

  • Give antibiotics as prescribed.

The incidence of abscess formation may be reduced by neutering male pets and keeping them indoors. 

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