General information on Umbilical Infection
An umbilical infection, also known as a navel infection, is an infection of the navel. An infected navel appears red and inflamed. The infected navel may abscess or seep out pus. There are many ways for an umbilical infection to develop. The most common way for an umbilical infection to develop is when the umbilical cord is cut to close to the abdominal wall at birth. When the umbilical cord is cut to close to the abdominal wall at birth, there is no stump left to allow a clean separation and healing process. Another cause of an umbilical infection is the usage of contaminated tools while cutting the umbilical cord. Even the mildest umbilical infection can lead to a severe problem. An untreated umbilical infection can lead to a case of puppy septicemia which can lead to death. It is not uncommon for more than one puppy from a litter to be affected.
Symptoms of Umbilical Infection
Some of the symptoms of an umbilical infection may be: redness of the umbilical cord, inflammation of the umbilical cord, abscess or pus seeping from the umbilical cord, or a soft, spongy, or discolored umbilical cord. In normal conditions of an unaffected umbilical cord, the umbilical cord should appear stringy and hard within a few hours after birth and falls off within a few days.
Treatments for Umbilical Infection
The treatment for an umbilical infection is antibiotics. At the first signs of an umbilical infection, it is imperative to seek veterinary assistance for to administer the right antibiotics immediately as to prevent the infection from getting any worse or from puppy septicemia developing.
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