"Silverman" the cat had become listless and sore over a few
These fresh, deep, bite wounds are in the muscle of his left
We know these are cat bites because the wounds are the same
distance apart as the opponent's canine (fang) teeth. Bacteria
off these teeth become deposited under the skin. The victim becomes
progressively unwell as the wound develops into a painfull, pus-filled
swelling i.e. an abscess.
We treat these injuries by a combination of drainage, pain relief and
antibiotics. If an abscess has occured we gently lance it and flush the
wound clean of infected debris. We use sedation or local
anaesthesia if the abscess is particularly large or painful. In some
cases a general anaesthetic is used if there is a large amount of tissue
necrosis (dead tissue) to be treated.
The patient's demeanor and appetite return to normal within a day or
two of treatment. Sometimes the wound may take 1 - 2 weeks to
heal depending on its size.
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Immunodeficiency Virus, both of which can be transmitted through cat