I decide to do more to try and help the abscess to burst on its own. Due to the increase in inflammation, the abscess feels like it is quite close to the skin. I take a very small amount of the skin over the abscess between the fingernails of my thumb and index finger and give it a quick pinch. My reasoning in doing this is that a tiny area of bruised tissue will allow a scab to form. Korsakoff barely notices.
Sure enough, two days later a scab that is about half a centimetre in diameter has formed on the skin above the abscess. I get Korsakoff to sit on the hot water bottle again for 5-10 minutes to soften the scab and then I attempt to pry it off. Korsakoff is not impressed and struggles quite a bit but he never squeaks in pain – he is frustrated at being restrained. Finally after a few minutes I manage to make a small opening and immediately some greenish pus begins to pour from the hole. I reach for Kleenexes and quickly wipe up the mess. Korsakoff starts to struggle more, probably because apparently the smell is terrible (luckily for me I have no sense of smell) . He wants to groom the area but I don’t let him. I manage to make the opening a bit larger and I very very gently squeeze the abscess. There is always a risk of it bursting internally so I make sure that I go slowly and gently. Eventually, no more pus comes out of the hole. I can see the large empty cavity through the hole. The area around the abscess is inflamed so it doesn’t really feel like the lump has decreased much in size even though all the pus has been drained. This is an important fact for anyone attempting to drain an abscess to know: do not expect the size of the lump to decrease entirely after the abscess has been drained – there may still be a lot of swelling due to inflammation. This inflammation will go down quickly after the pus is gone.
I make Korsakoff stand in some warm water in the tub for a few minutes to flush out the hole. I then fill a small syringe (no needle) with peroxide and squirt it into the cavity. Korsakoff doesn’t seem too bothered by this, for which I am glad. After the peroxide, I rinse the cavity a few times with a weak saline solution (1 tsp salt in 1 cup water) using the syringe. I change all of my cloths and wash my hands very thoroughly.
I call the vet to find out the test results. He informs me that one type of bacteria in the abscess is a persistent gram negative bacteria. He recommends that Korsakoff be given a course of Bactrim for 14 days to make sure that the abscess does not reoccur. Cost of 15 mL bactrim solution: $17.12. I am instructed to give 0.3cc of this to Korsakoff twice daily. I find the best way of doing this is to put a small amount of strawberry jam into the palm of my hand and then mix in the 0.3cc of bactrim. Korsakoff readily licks all of the sweet mixture off my palm.