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Act Fast: 4 Steps To Take When Your Dogs Have Been Burned By Chemicals

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You've rented an isolated cabin for a family vacation and you took your dog. You didn't realize that the cabin came equipped with cleaning supplies and your dog has suffered severe burns caused by toilet bowl cleaner that was left out. You're hours away from the nearest vet and your dog is in pain. Here are the steps you'll need to take to care for your dog's burns.

Take the Collar Off

The first thing you need to do is remove your dog's collar.  You'll need to do this for a couple of reasons. First, chemicals can be absorbed by the collar and cause additional burns. Second, chemical burns can cause swelling, which could make the collar too tight and lead to suffocation.

Muzzle Your Dog

Your dog is going to be in a lot of pain and won't want you working on the injuries. To protect yourself from bites, you'll need to muzzle your dog. Find a long piece of material or rope and carefully tie it around your dog's mouth. Bring the ends of the material down under your dog's chin and tie another knot. Bring both ends back over their neck and tie a third knot behind your dog's ears. You can now tend to your dog's wounds without being bitten.

Flush Away the Chemicals

If your cabin is equipped with one, place your dog in the tub. If there isn't a tub, take your dog outside. Use a cup or bucket to pour lukewarm water over your dog. Be sure to pay close attention to the area where the chemical burns are located. Flush the area for at least 15 minutes, even if it looks like the burn is getting worse. Chemicals can continue burning for several minutes, so it's important to continue flushing the area with clean water.

Apply Protective Bandages

Once you have the area washed, you'll want to dress the wound. Look in your first aid kit and find the tube of antibiotic ointment. Apply a generous amount of the ointment directly to the wound. The ointment will help prevent infection until you can get your dog to the vet. Place a large non-stick pad over the wound. Change the dressing several times a day until you can get to the vet.

You never know when your pet is going to get into chemicals. If your pet has suffered a chemical burn, the instructions provided above will help you treat the wound until you can obtain medical care for it. Go to websites to find more information


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