Dog First Aid for Burns

Dog first aid for burns is pretty much the same as the first aid you'd give yourself. There is one important difference, however.

She can't tell you how badly she's been burned, where the burn is located, or how big an area the burn covers.

So the dog first aid for burns that you provide should be given to stabilize her so you can transport her to the vet or emergency animal clinic.

Even if you think the burn is superficial, let the trained professional make the final diagnosis and treatment decisions.

Learn the dog burn signs to determine if your dog has been burned, and how serious it is.

Superficial Burns

Do not apply butter, grease, fat or ointments to her burns.

They'll keep the heat in the skin, extending the burn deeper into the tissues, or over a greater area.

Flush or immerse the burn area with cool (not cold) or lukewarm water as soon as possible.

The lower temperature of the water will draw the heat from the burn, preventing damage to deeper tissues.

Dry the area by gently patting it with a soft towel or cloth. Do not rub it dry. Then cover the burn with a moist bandage (a sterile gauze pad or a clean cloth will work fine).

Contact your vet for instructions before leaving for the clinic.

Deep Burns

You'll need to cool the burn as quickly as possible. At the same time, you'll need to keep your dog as warm as possible (if she's in shock, her body temperature will start to drop, especially in the extremities).

Soak a towel or cloth (a clean one, unless you have absolutely nothing else to use) with clean cool water and apply it to the burn(s) as quickly as you can. Keep the burn well soaked until you have reached the clinic.

Chemical Burns

If your dog has been burned by some sort of chemical, wash it with water and continue rinsing it with large amounts of water.

Read the warnings on the label to determine if there is an antidote to the burn that you can apply to her skin. Keep her from chewing at the affected skin. Transport her to the vet as soon and as quickly as possible.


Do not give any medications (including pain relievers) to your dog without first consulting your vet or the clinic staff. Provide only the dog first aid for burns as discussed above, unless your vet gives you specific directions to medicate her.

The best treatment for your dog's burns will always come from your vet. Get your dog to the clinic as quickly as possible. Use dog first aid only to stabilize her and improve her chance for survival before you transport her to the clinic.

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