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.
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.
- 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.