On presentation, Buddy was very painful with a large area of firm swelling on his right side. We collected samples from this area using a needle (a procedure termed “fine needle aspirate”, which is a less invasive form of biopsy compared to a tissue biopsy). The samples were submitted to our diagnostic laboratory for microscopic evaluation (cytology). The results were most consistent with an abscess. Abscess? There was no history of fighting and/or bite wounds, so what could have caused the infection in this area? We intially treated Buddy with oral antibiotics, but the swelling persisted, so we proceeded to “Phase 2”: surgical exploration of the affected area, which would reveal the culprit.