One of my guinea pigs had an abscess in her jaw lanced and cleaned today. She appears to be a lot more comfortable now that it has been lanced and is eating and behaving more like her usual self. However, she is still puffy on the side of her face where the abscess was. The vet left the area open so it could drain and told me I might be able to squeeze a bit more pus out tonight- because it was still swollen I tried to gently express anything and wasn't able to. There is no bleeding or leakage- just still swelling and puffiness. Does anyone know if this is normal after having an abscess lanced? How long does it take to go down? She is on an antibiotic for ten more days and will see the vet for follow up next week, I'm just wondering if anyone has any words of wisdom about the swelling.Answer Question
Answer by itsallabtthem84 at 9:55 PM on Jul. 23, 2010
Answer by Izsarejman at 9:44 PM on Jul. 24, 2010
Answer by Izsarejman at 4:23 PM on Jul. 25, 2010
My cat had an abscess on his foot once and the vet lanced it and cleaned it out and gave him an antibiotic. He also said we should soak the cat's foot in a bowl of warm Epsom salt water. I know you can't soak the jaw, but what if you wet a washcloth in the epsom salt water and held it on the jaw. I know the swelling didn't go down for a couple of days for our cat.
Hope he feels better soon.
Answer by SleepingBeautee at 2:20 PM on Nov. 16, 2010
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