While burns are uncommon in dogs, they can and do happen. The key is managing them if and when they occur.
There are three kinds of burns. Chemical — caused by caustic substances such as acids, bleaches and flammable substances. Mechanical — caus
If your dog has been burned, promptly follow these three steps: First, douse the burned area in tepid or cool water for between five and 10 minutes. Secondly, cover the area with a clean, dry dressing. Third, seek out immediate veterinary care. Why? The true extent of a dog’s burns isn’t always obvious because of his fur. If a dog suffers moderate to severe burns, shock can set in quickly and must, therefore, be addressed withou
Whether your own vet or one at an Emergency clinic, the procedure they fol
Treating your dog’s burn will depend on its severity. If his is a first-degree burn, keeping the area clean, dry and covered in an antibacterial ointment such as silver sulfadiazine may be all that’s required. But managing his pain is equally important. The vet may prescribe a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory, gabapentin, and/or other medications to reduce his discomfort. Shou
While second-degree burns are treated in much the same way, the vet may prescribe antibiotics as well to prevent his skin from becoming infected. In some cases, he may need to be hospitalized.
Because third-degree burns are the most serious, more intense and extensive management is essential. This may include operating on your dog to remove as much dead and dying tissue as possible, hospitalization for the administration of IV fluids and antibiotics, and pain medications. Third-degree burns can be life threatening
On the paws-itive side, most burning episodes ca
One often overlooked source of burns is attempting to “cool down” your dog with the water from a hot hose during the summer. If that hose has been lying in the sun, the water inside it can reach a temperature of 150+ degrees Fahrenheit! To keep him from being burned, allow the hose to run awhile and test the water beforehand.
By Nomi Berger