First aid treatment for burns

Burn damage to the surface &/or deeper layers of the skin will occur immediately regardless of the source of burn. Visible signs can be seen immediately or it can take up to 12-24 hours after the accident depending on the cause or type of burn. Burns can be caused by a dry heat, such as, flame, corrosive chemicals, radiation, electricity or cold. A scald is caused by a moist heat, such as hot oil, wax or water.

First aid for a burn

  • Cool the area immediately with cool running water or a cool compress
  • Immerse in or flush with water or apply a cool pack to the effected area for a minimum of 5 minutes
  • Apply a moist, cool compress to the effected area
  • Keep your pet warm by wrapping in a blanket
  • Transport your pet to a vet

If you can't visit us immediately, please phone us straight away so we can give you further advice while you make arrangements to make your way into the clinic.

Pet type(s): 
Life stage(s): 
Young
Adult
Senior
Pet library topic(s): 
Illness and injury

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