An abscess is a cavity containing pus surrounded by a capsule of thickened, inflamed tissue. Usually an abscess is the result of a bacterial infection. The pus is an accumulation of dead cells from the battle to fight the infection. In humans, skin abscesses are often caused by Staphylococcus infections, but in rabbits, they can be caused by aerobic bacteria (those that require oxygen to survive) including Pasteurella multocida, Streptococcus, Pseudomonas andStaphylococcus, and a host of anaerobic bacteria (those that do not require oxygen to survive).—Susan Brown, DVM
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