Why do abscesses form?

with permission from Carole Nelson of LilRatscal Rattery

Bacteria could get into a wound, say from a minor scratch or puncture wound, from sharp claws, a sharp object for example or a small squabble between cage mates.

In healthy animals, the immune system marshals a defense and kills the bacteria before it can cause a problem, forming antibodies to recognize and fight it again.

Sometimes a rat has a weakened immune system and cannot always effectively fight off infections, some micro organisms will manage to proliferate to the point of causing illness.


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