Abscess In Dogs Mouth, Throat and Face | Symptoms and Treatment

January 18, 2011 | Healthy Dog | Leave a Comment |

What is an Abscess?

  • It is a pocket of pus and blood that may be located just under the skin or the outer mucosal layer of the mouth and throat.
  • They can occur for a variety of reasons.
  • Abscess in dogs throat, for example, could result from a cut that was caused by swallowing sharp pieces of bone or food.
  • Abscess in dogs face, may be a result of a cut the dog got from a fight or a puncture.
  • Abscess in the mouth may be caused by some issues with the teeth.

Symptoms to Watch Out For

  • Difficulty Chewing or Swallowing
  • Changes in facial proportion – an abscess in a dogs mouth may result to a swelling of a part of the face that lies over the affected area.
  • Anorexia – A dog may refuse to eat as a result of painful swallowing.
  • Fever
  • Lethargy

How to Treat Abscess

  • Antibacterial Therapy – This is given to address the infection that has led to the creation of an abscess.
  • Removal of underlying cause – If an abscess is in the mouth is caused by a non-viable tooth, removal of the tooth becomes necessary.
    The same goes for abscesses that have been caused by foreign objects that have been lodged in the tissue.
  • Lancing or Incision and Drainage – This helps to relieve the pressure caused by the abscess.

Prevention of Mouth Abscess

  • To prevent the occurrence of mouth abscess it is important to take the dog to regular dental checkups.
  • Proper dental care

Proper diet – owners should keep from feeding dogs with food that contain sharp edges that can cause nicks or wounds in the oral cavity.

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