Wounds – Burns and Scalds

Burns are the result of dry heat, extreme cold, corrosive materials or electricity. Scalds are the result of moist heat, e.g. steam. The best treatment for both is cooling with water, keeping the dog warm (e.g. with blankets / towels), dressing the wounds (sterile pads or cling film), and preventing too much movement in the area of the wound (sometimes splinting is necessary for this). Complications of burns can be shock, infection or difficulty breathing (smoke!). Do NOT use creams, powders and lotions to put on burns!