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how to get swelling down on a cat

hey i just got my cat fixed 2 days ago and her tummy is a little swallen how do i get it to go down im worried that its goin to affect the healing
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874521 tn?1424120397
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hi sophielee....how much swelling??? its normal to have some swelling after surgery for a few days...if in doubt contact your Vet, there would be NO charge for a follow up exam after a surgery....don't attempt to do anything on your own and risk a problem.....normal after surgery swelling will go down on its own within a few days..it will NOT affect the healing, its all part of the healing process..
good luck, post again if your worried♥
2216535 tn?1339412493
hey not much swelling im just a bit worried coz it only started to swell today thank you for your help <3
874521 tn?1424120397
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is the stitch area real red and oozing anything?
874521 tn?1424120397
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I will copy and paste a section from a Veterinarian site....so you are informed, remember some swelling is normal, however if you feel the swelling is more than normal please take this kitten back to the Vet asap.

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6b. A large 'lump' or 'swelling' at the spay operation site (frequent).
It is not uncommon for some recently desexed cats to develop a medium to large skin swelling at the site of the skin sutures (a large lump or bump at the surgery site). These swellings can be a number of things, the most common being: seromas (fluid-filled pouches), hernias, infections/abscesses, inflammatory swellings, scar tissue thickenings and subcutaneous or linea alba stitches. Which swelling your cat has really depends on you seeing a veterinarian and getting a diagnosis - you should not attempt to diagnose your cat's surgical site swelling at home.

Generally, fluid-filled, seroma sacs will resolve and shrink on their own as the fluid is reabsorbed back into the animal's body. They do not normally require any specific treatment. You can manage any discomfort by giving the cat feline pain killers, restricting its exercise, preventing licking and placing cold compresses on the lump. In severe cases, your vet may insert a needle into the swollen sac to remove some of the fluid and relieve some of the pressure and pain, however, this is seldom necessary, rarely works for long (the fluid often refills in time) and does run the risk of introducing bacteria into a sterile, protein-filled site and setting up an abscess. Owners very worried about seroma appearances can elect to have their cat reoperated on and the seroma surgically drained and closed (again this is seldom needed).

Abscesses:
Abscesses are similar to seromas (i.e. a fluid-filled swelling under the skin, located between the skin and the abdominal wall muscles), except that, rather than being sterile, bacteria have gained access to the subcutaneous space and the cavity is filled with thick, cream-to-brown-coloured pus and bacteria, rather than clear straw-coloured or reddish seroma fluid. Unlike seromas, which are normally painless, abscess lumps are typically hot and painful to touch and the skin overlying them is often red, purple or black in colour. Animals with abscesses are often unwell, showing signs of surgical discomfort, lethargy, inappetence, fever (i.e. panting, they feel hot-to-touch) and an inability to settle (i.e. restlessness, hiding away in dark places). If left untreated, abscesses will often keep growing in size (seromas tend to stay a constant size) and eventually burst out through the suture-line or a hole elsewhere in the belly skin, resulting in wound breakdown.

Abscesses generally occur because bacteria have managed to gain access to the fatty layers beneath the skin suture line either during surgery or soon after surgery. They most commonly occur because the pet was allowed to lick the surgical wounds and, consequently, introduce mouth bacteria into the surgical incision line/s (bacteria travel down the wet sutures, deep under the skin). Infection also tends to occur if the sutured wounds are allowed to get wet (e.g. the animal was bathed, allowed to go swimming, allowed to lay in mud) or if the wounds are allowed to become soiled by faeces, urine or dirt. Wound infection may also occur if the vet performs the surgery on an animal with diseased allergic or infected belly skin. Bacterial numbers are very high in diseased, infected skin and will easily enter the wound site during surgery, regardless of the amount of pre-surgical prepping done.


Unlike seromas, abscesses will not tend to resolve and shrink on their own. The animal will need to be seen by a vet and it will most likely require surgical drainage of the abscess and antibiotics to fix the problem.

Inflammatory swellings and scar tissue thickenings:
When a pet has a spay surgery (any surgery really), a lot of trauma is done to the tissues in the surgical site (after all, they have just been cut into). Such surgical trauma sets up a massive healing response by the body. Loads of inflammatory cells and collagen-making, scar-producing cells (termed fibroblasts) get called into the region to mop up the dead cells and debris left behind by the surgeon and repair the cut/defect that the surgeon has made in the tissues. This is normal tissue repair.

What's important to remember is that the calling in of all of these extra cells will produce a visible swelling at the surgical site. It is not uncommon or unexpected for a spay wound to feel thickened for several weeks after surgery as the healing and scarring process takes place. The inflammatory process shouldn't feel like a large lump per se, but there will be a non-painful, generalised thickening felt along the cat's suture line.

Over time, this thickening should subside and shrink somewhat as the inflammatory cells complete their tasks and leave, leaving only scar tissue behind. It is not uncommon, however, for this residual scar tissue to remain slightly bulky and for the owner to be able to feel the small knot of scar tissue under the cat's skin for the rest of its life. Don't worry. It's normal.



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My cat had a large protruding  pus filled sac on her back which drained and refilled and spread  to other areas left side and part of stomach now she has 3 drainage areas on her mid to lower back for last 3 days. I started a penicillin 1 cc injection tonight and a 1/2 of Advil . I have been using peroxide rinse to keep area .clean any other suggestion. she has a bad smell from pus drainage area. She was fixed 1 1/2 years ago never any litters.
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874521 tn?1424120397
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so the Vet prescribed the penicillin injections and the advil?? I must say I've never heard of advil being used on a cat. are you sure a Vet prescribed this? what did the Vet think was causing these pus sac's? did he do a biopsy?

advil is an NSAID a nonsteroidal antinflamatory. and NSAID are very dangerous to use on cats...I can't find the write up for cats but heres some info on the side effects when used on dogs...and its much more dangerous for a cat. was this prescribed for pain? there other safer meds the Vet can prescribe for pain...
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