Black Salve to the Rescue of Another Cat Abscess
Yes! I’ve healed another one of my cats who had an abscess on his cheek with Black Salve AKA Ichthammol ointment. This ointment is one of my best friends! I cannot tell you how much money I have saved on Vet bills using this ointment.
Meet Ollie Ollie
Ollie Ollie had a HUGE right cheek. When I say the cheek was huge – I mean it was huge and the swelling appeared overnight. I knew right away what the cause of the swelling was. Ollie Ollie had an abscess.
You see, Ollie Ollie had started a fight outside with Mr. Snickers a few days prior. I half expected that Mr. Snickers was going to show signs of the fight as he got the bad end of the deal (he lost a lot of fur in that fight). I thought he would have scratches all over his face and neck yet; it turned out that Ollie Ollie was the victim of ill (that’s karma…Ollie Ollie should have not had a case of the butt).
Overnight the black salve had done its job. Ollie Ollie’s cheek was oozing pus. I cleaned up the pus and began to apply triple antibiotic ointment to the area, which I continued to do for another 5 days as often as I could. Yes, triple antibiotic ointment is my second best friend (one like this one >> Triple Antibiotic Ointment – 1 Oz (Generic Neosporin Antibiotic Ointment )) works just fine. You can get a pain relief formula however – since I don’t’ know exactly what that pain relief topical is – I avoid it.
Anyway, I watched the area for another few days in the event that it didn’t fully drain. If abscesses don’t fully drain, and begin to heal from the outside in rather than healing from the inside out, the swelling will re-occur.
This time though, Ollie Ollie’s abscess completely healed. He was left with no fur on that cheek (always happens when using the ointment…see pic above) but it quickly grew back. He now has a full face of fur and is a happy soul again. I am hoping he learned his lesson on being a bully to another cat, but I’m not going to count my chickens on that one.