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 Post subject: Abscess from cactus
 Post Posted: Wed Jun 17, 2009 1:22 pm 
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I pulled some cactus thorns out of Luna's leg a few days ago. An abscess has formed on her leg that is hard and about the size of a marble. How should this be treated? Should I give her a shot of penicillin? Thanks!

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 Post subject: Re: Abscess from cactus
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I would just say to try the penicillin, but if it's hard there might still be some cactus in there.

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my heeler had a big abscess before and what i was told to do is put a heat pad or hot wash cloth on the sore 3x a day. I would also suggest some pro biotics.

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Thanks. I can't squeeze or extract anything from it.

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 Post subject: Re: Abscess from cactus
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Does it seem to be bothering her or causing any pain? Do you think it's just temporary irritation or does it seem to have settled in? It sounds sorta big to be a temporary thing. You may need to go to the vet to have it lanced and drained, especially if it is that hard. Penicillin alone might not make it go away.

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My dogs have never gotten an abscess that big from cactus, but they have gotten smaller ones, especially from the little cactus thorns. I would do like Chad says, hot compresses- you might add epsom salts to the water. After you have done that, then you can dab it with tea tree oil to help kill the infection. Probiotics will help her fight the infection internally.

I dont know if you still feed Luna raw or not, but if you are feeding her any meats that have beef and chicken in them, you are probably getting lots of penicillin from the meats that she eats, so I would go with something other than penicillin. Tea tree oil, manuka oil, grapefruit seed extract, collidial silver, any of the natural antibiotics should work.

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Court, How is luna? Is the abscess getting better?

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When our dogs get them we wait and see if it festers out on it's own..if not then we lance it and put a topical antibiotic on it.
Our vet told us that in most cases if it is somewhere the dog can lick it's self then the dog will take better care of it than we can with antibiotics (topical or oral)

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I gave her some antibiotics and tried to flush the abscess with a syringe but very little fluid came out. It hasn't gotten any bigger but it hasn't gone down much. Either way it is no longer inflamed and she is feeling fine.

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Glad to hear that Luna is ok!!

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