An abscess is a collection of pus in any part of the body that, in most cases, causes swelling and inflammation around it. It is common that a bite wound, laceration, or other puncture that then becomes infected causes the abscess. If the abscess is not open and draining, surgery may be needed to allow the pus to drain out and for us to clean the wound thoroughly.  Keeping the wound clean until it heals is very important.  We will send you home with an antiseptic soap, antibiotics, and usually, pain medication.  If the pet allows, the wound should be gently massaged, flushed and cleaned at least twice daily as long as there is visible discharge.  Do not hesitate to call if your pet has a wound. Prompt treatment can prevent serious complications.