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Immediate treatment for burns

Treating thermal burns on your pet Staff Writer

Burns that are caused by heat are called thermal burns to differentiate them from electrical or chemical burns.  They can be caused by spattering oil or boiling water in the kitchen, sparks from the fireplace or grill or sitting too close to a candle.  Due to your pet's fur, the burn may look and feel different from burns you are used to seeing on yourself. 

Superficial or serious?
A superficial burn may cause reddening and blistering in humans.  A superficial burn in most furred animals means that the hair will not come out when pulled.  If the hair does come out, the burn is deep and needs to be treated by a vet.  In any case, if your pet seems to be in severe pain or there is extensive burning over a large area, contact your vet immediately!

Thermal burns should be treated by immersing in cool water (under a running cool water tap for instance) or by applying a cool icepack immediately.  Water or ice packs that are freezing can actually cause additional pain and damage from the extreme cold so it's best to keep them on the cool side. 

The faster the application of cool water, the less the heat will damage the skin.  Keep the area under water for 20 minutes unless the burns are so severe that you need to seek immediate veterinary attention.  Alternatively, use an ice compress or even several towels soaked in water.  You can apply the compress or towels in the car on the way to the vet.

For superficial burns, you can use any number of disinfectants and a topical antibacterial ointment. First clean the area before applying any ointments and ask your vet what brands he would suggest.  Do not apply anything to severe burns.  Any liquids or creams applied to the skin will have to be covered in gauze and first aid tape to prevent your pet from licking them off.  Clean and disinfect the area and reapply the ointment at least once a day until the burn has healed. 

Burns on the Pads
In certain areas of the country, summer's heat can cause burning on the pads of your pet's feet.  This is more common with dogs on their daily walks but can happen with other animals.  The black asphalt covering many roads absorbs the sun's heat all day long and can become as hot as a stove top especially in the late afternoon.

Always reach down and touch the surface of the road or sidewalk before you let your pet walk on it.  If it's too hot for you, it will be too hot for him.  Let him walk on the lawn or the dirt instead of the street or sidewalk. 

If your pet has difficulty walking, appears to be depressed or in pain or is constantly licking at his pads, he may have burned them.   Try immersing them in a cool bath or covering each paw with a hand towel soaked in cold water. 

If the burns do not seem too severe (which will require an immediate trip to the vet), you can apply a disinfectant and an antibacterial ointment.  Wrap the paws lightly in sterile gauze and then cover them with socks or booties made especially for pets with hook&loop fasteners. 

As an alternative, try children's cotton socks depending on your pet's size.  You will need some first-aid or masking tape to keep them on and replacements when they become wet or dirty.  Unwrap and check the bandages daily replacing the disinfectant and ointment until the burns heal. 

If your pet manages to lick or chew the bandages off, you may have to use an Elizabethan Collar (a plastic cone that fits on your dog's collar and encircles his head) or a muzzle for several days.  A well-stocked pet store or vet should carry these anti-chewing devices.

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