Dogs can suffer from a wide range of burns. You may not realize all the ways your dog could get burned or how serious the wounds can be. Read this post to learn about preventing, recognizing, and treating dog burns.
Ways Dog Burns Occur
Dogs can get burned in many ways, and some of them could catch you by surprise.
Helping with cooking
Being your beauty cheerleaderDogs may get burned when trying to keep you company in the kitchen or by going in the kitchen by themselves while cooking is going on. Boiling water and hot oil could pop, splash, or spill on your dog, whether because you spill it, they knock it over, or they’re just near the stove. Steam can also scald your dog.
Curling irons and hair straighteners can get knocked over or fall on your dog. Sometimes we leave these tools on the floor and the dog could walk or lay on them.
Whether they chew on an electrical cord, get into an electrical outlet, or stumble on a faulty appliance, electricity can burn or electrocute your dog.
Your dog may get in the cleaning closet or the garage and suffer chemical burns. Just the fumes of some chemicals can burn. They might also find a leaking battery or dismantle a battery and be burned by the acid.
Friction from ropes, carpet, etc. can cause burns. The dog may get too carried away, be roughhoused by another dog, or get stuck and suffer a burn.
Your dog could get burned by a small or large fire in your home or yard, whether it’s your fire pit in the backyard, the fireplace, or something that has caught on fire.
Contacting hot objects
Freak accidents like running under your car and touching the catalytic converter or muffler while they are still hot or walking or laying on tools left in the sun could cause burns.
Staying in the sun
Long walks in the bright sun, playing too long in a backyard with no shade, and falling asleep in the sun could give your dog a sunburn.
Delayed appearance of dog burns and damage
You should be aware that internal damage from inhaled steam, chemicals, and smoke may not present symptoms for as long as 24 hours after exposure.
The full extent of the dog burn may take as much as 14 days to appear. So, do not be terribly surprised if a burn you thought wasn’t bad becomes that way. Be prepared to take the dog to the vet should this happen.
Dog Burn Symptoms
The signs of dog burns can also be surprising.
Sometimes, depending on the type and location of the burn, the first sign you may notice is singed fur. You will likely smell burning fur at the same time.
Other symptoms of dog burns and scalds may include: