Accidents happen. Knowing what to do in case of an accident, that’s the focus. How to treat burns on pets is a pet parent know-how must! Pets may get into a sticky situation and find themself injured in the process. As a pet parent, it is important to take action and provide the necessary treatment.
Before treatment, your pet may experience pain that could cause them to snap. Whenever a pet is injured, muzzle them for the safety of you, your pet, and anyone else around. After that, it is time to treat burns on pets with this simple step-by-step how-to guide.
First, treat immediately
With sterile gloves, apply cool water or saline (salt and purified water) by spraying or lightly pouring the liquid on the affected area. Washing the wound is necessary to clean out any bacteria that may have come in contact with your pet. Continue this process for 20 minutes.
Second, clip the hair
Remove the hair off the area with clippers to clear the section of the wound. Once the hair is clipped off, clean again with the cool water or saline.
Third, apply ointment
Always have a silver sulfadiazine ointment in your pet’s medicine bag. This treatment is an antibacterial cream used to prevent burns from becoming infected.
Cover the area with a sterile, dry dressing for protection. This will ensure that the wound heals properly and is covered from any bacteria that may infect the injury.
Call your vet. Depending on the seriousness of your pet’s injury, call your vet or take them to the hospital immediately. They will address the situation and provide further advice. When in doubt, talk to your vet.
Medical care is scary, but your pet will thank you for the love you show during a stressful situation. Hope this helps, from the Fire Hydrant Team!