This can be a life threatening
situation, burns are caused by contact with things like fires, electricity,
heaters, whereas scalds are caused by contact with hot liquids. The
treatment for the emergency situation is much the same.
You should assess the situation before you proceed, if the dog has chewed
through an electricity cable you must turn off the electricity supply at the
mains before attempting to rescue your dog.
How do I know my dog is Burned?
Typical signs of burn or scald are redness - swelling- singed fur or even
fur coming away from the body.
How do I treat it?
Saturate the injured area with cold water, for
a dog the size of a Lancashire Heeler you can do this in the kitchen sink,
or under a cold running shower, continue this treatment for at least 10
minutes any less and the burn or scald could still be damaging the skin.
NEVER apply creams
or oils to a burn or scald, as either would increase the severity of the
Wrap the injured area in a light cotton dressing soaked in cold water, or
wrap the area lightly with cling film which will keep the air off the injury
and will also keep the area sterile, do not use cotton wool or any fluffy
All burns or scalds should receive
veterinary treatment immediately as burns and scalds can quickly lead to
dehydration and shock.
First Aid is not meant to replace veterinary