Abscesses in Dogs

An abscess is like a pimple on your dog. It happens when an injury or wound, usually from fighting with another animal or from being bitten by something, gets infected. The abscess swells as the body tries to get rid of the infection, and can be quite painful for your pup. There are some things you can do to help heal it, though!

What is an abscess and what causes it?

Abscesses are pockets of pus that form when the body’s immune system is unable to fight off an infection. The pus is usually caused by a bacterial infection, but it can also be caused by other infections and foreign objects (like splinters). Abscesses are common in dogs and cats. Dogs get abscesses as a result of bite wounds or other infections; cats tend to get them from fighting with each other.

What are the symptoms of an abscess?

The symptoms of an abscess in a dog are:

  • Pain or tenderness when touched.
  • Swelling and redness around the area where an abscess is developing.
  • Pus draining from the affected area, which may be hot to the touch and/or painful for your pet to have touched by you or another animal (like a cat).
  • Lack of appetite and energy, which could be signs that your dog has developed an infection in their body due to this issue. An infection can cause many other complications as well.

How is an abscess treated and is there a way to prevent them in dogs?

It is important to know the signs of an abscess in your dog. If you notice one, call a veterinarian immediately. An abscess usually starts out as a small bump on your dog’s skin that turns red, swollen and painful to touch. If it continues to grow and becomes larger than 1 inch (2.5 cm), it may require surgical removal.

Treatment for an abscess involves draining excess pus from the area with a needle or scalpel before administering antibiotics via injection or pill form for two weeks afterward. It’s important to keep your dog quiet during this time so that he doesn’t aggravate his condition by moving around too much; he should also be confined indoors until all signs of infection have disappeared completely from his body’s systems.

If you suspect that your pet has an abscessed tooth cavity or gums (as opposed to an external infection), see your vet right away—it may need treatment before further complications occur!

An abscess can be painful for your dog, but there are things you can do to help.

If your dog has an abscess, it can be painful for him. Abscesses are caused by bacteria and can spread to other parts of the body, so it’s important that you treat them promptly. But don’t worry—there are things you can do to help.

To begin with, make sure your dog eats a healthy diet and stays active. A healthy lifestyle is one way to keep your pet’s immune system strong and prevent abscesses from forming in the first place! If you notice a bump or swelling on your dog’s body (like near his foot), take him to see his vet right away. An abscess may not appear until several days after infection sets in; however, if left untreated they become more likely to spread throughout the body causing serious problems such as sepsis (blood poisoning) or organ failure so it’s important we get them treated as soon as possible!


An abscess, unfortunately, is a common problem for dogs. It’s something that many dog owners have to worry about at some point or another. The good news is that it’s not a life-threatening condition and there are several ways you can treat it at home. It’s important to be aware of the symptoms so you know what to look out for and get help if necessary. If left untreated, an abscess could turn into something more serious like sepsis or even death!