First Aid for Your Dog’s Accidental Burns & Scalds

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First Aid for Your Dog’s Accidental Burns & Scalds

March 18, 2014

It’s grilling season and those tempting morsels can lead to a nasty burn on the snout for your precocious pup.   But with some prior planning and knowledge, you can be prepared and know what to do...and even more importantly, what NOT to do in the event of a burn or scald.

It hurts!  Be extremely gentle and examine the extent of the burn.  Look under the fur.  If the skin is intact, apply or better yet, submerge in cold water.  NO ICE EVER.

Like humans, burns are categorized by depth.  First degree: superficial.  Second degree: extends to the middle layer of flesh.  Third degree:  extends deep into the tissue.

First degree symptoms:  superficial, probably from sun or hot liquid.  Red and slightly swollen.

Second degree symptoms:  Flash burn from chemical or deep sunburn.  Blistered and wet looking.

Third degree symptoms:  Deep skin destruction.  White and puffy or charred and black.



First & Second Degree Burns

Submerge in cold water or apply a clean rag soaked in cold water

If blisters are closed apply a clean, dry bandage

If blisters are open, do not cover

Do not break or peel blisters or skin

Let heal naturally

If blisters are large or do not seem to heal within 36 hours consult your vet immediately


Third Degree Burns

DO NOT move animal unless necessary

DO NOT immerse in cold water

TREAT FOR SHOCK  Cover animal to retain body heat.

DO NOT WRAP THE BURN  Apply a clean, thick, dry dressing.  Cover only. Don’t wrap.


SEEK VETERINARY ATTENTION IMMEDIATELY to save your pet’s life.  This is no joke.

The best way to treat burns?  AVOID THEM.  Keep an eye on your pet during summer’s sun and outdoor grilling.  You’ll both have a happier, healthier season.  pz

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