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What are Chemical Burns?

Dogs can get chemical burns fairly easy by eating or exposing themselves to things they are not supposed to since they do not know any better. Just like children, you must keep toxic substances away from your pet. For example, bleach, fabric detergents, and other cleaners are common causes of chemical burns in dogs. In addition, chemical burns may be hard to recognize because your dog’s fur can hide any visible signs. Most often, these types of burns are second or third degree, erosive, and can cause necrosis, which is tissue death. If the chemical is able to be absorbed into the bloodstream, the results may be much worse and can cause a heart attack, respiratory arrest, shock, and death. If you suspect your dog has a chemical burn of any kind, rinse the area with cool water and call the veterinarian right away for an appointment.

A chemical burn in dogs is a serious condition caused by corrosive substances (either an acid or an alkali) like oxidizers, solvents, and other toxic substances. The burns may be on the skin, eyes, in the lungs, or in the digestive system depending on whether it is a solid, liquid, or gas. For instance, if your dog drinks a liquid chemical, the burns will be in the throat, esophagus, intestines, and stomach. The severity of the chemical burn depends on the chemical strength, whether it was inhaled, ingested, or absorbed into the skin, if the skin has any cuts or abrasions, and the area of the body that is exposed. Even if the burn seems small, some chemicals can cause damage to the deep tissues and affect the internal organs. This is an extremely dangerous condition that can cause shock and death if not treated properly.

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Symptoms of Chemical Burns in Dogs

The signs of chemical burns are varied depending on the chemical and the type of transmission. Typical side effects of chemical burns in dogs are:

  • Appetite loss
  • Drooling
  • Swelling of the tongue
  • Pawing the mouth
  • Swallowing more than usual
  • Black skin
  • Irritation (redness and pain) of the area
  • Red eyes
  • Blistered or dead skin
  • Coughing
  • Gasping for breath
  • Rapid or irregular heart rate
  • Head pressing
  • Fainting
  • Dizziness
  • Seizures or muscle tremors
  • Shock (cold paws, weak pulse, pale gums)
  • Death

 Types

  • 1st degree – Red skin
  • 2nd degree – Dry and peeling skin
  • 3rd degree – Loss of several deeper layers of skin
  • 4th degree – Death of the deep tissues

Causes of Chemical Burns in Dogs

  • Acids like ammonia, battery acid, oxidizers, aspirins, insect repellents (boric acid), and many other cleaners.
  • Alkali such as lye, lime, metal cleaners, degreasers, and other cleaning agents.
  • Bleach
  • Concrete mix
  • Motor oil
  • Fertilizers
  • Drain cleaners
  • Salt
  • Pool chlorinators

Diagnosis of Chemical Burns in Dogs

If you think your dog has a chemical burn, whether it is inhaled, ingested, or on the skin, you need to take your dog to see a veterinary professional. Some burns do not look bad, but may be doing more damage than you think and can affect the inner layers of the tissue and even cause damage to your pet’s vital organs. The veterinarian will first do a comprehensive physical examination, which includes skin and coat condition, body temperature, weight and height, reflexes, pupil reaction time, heart rate, blood pressure, breath sounds, and respiration rate. An electrocardiogram (EKG) will be done to check the electrical function of the heart.

Also, the veterinarian will use an endoscope (lighted hollow tube) to look at the throat, esophagus, and upper airway, checking for inflammation and erosion. Small tools can be inserted through the endoscope to remove dead skin and apply medication, if necessary. Some laboratory tests that are needed include a blood urea nitrogen (BUN), packed cell volume (PCV), complete blood count (CBC), serum chemical analysis, kidney and liver enzyme levels, and urinalysis. The veterinarian will also need to use x-rays (radiographs), an ultrasound, CT scans, and maybe an MRI to see how deep the damage goes.

Treatment of Chemical Burns in Dogs

Treatment for chemical burns depends on the extent of the burns, the chemical agent that caused the burns, and your dog’s health. The typical treatment for chemical burns includes detoxification, fluid and oxygen therapy, medications for pain relief and infection, and possibly hospitalization for observation.

Detoxification

This step includes rinsing the area that has the burns and removing any dead skin that is involved. Your pet will usually be sedated for this because it may be very painful. If the burns are from an acid, baking soda and water will be used. If the cause was an alkali, vinegar and water will be used.

Therapy

Your dog will be given intravenous (IV) fluids to prevent dehydration and oxygen to help with breathing.

Medication

Antibiotics are needed to prevent infection, pain medications (intravenous and topical) will be used to ease the pain, and corticosteroids for inflammation.

Hospitalization

If the veterinarian feels it is necessary, your dog will stay overnight for observation and continued fluids. This is only required for severe burns.

Recovery of Chemical Burns in Dogs

Prognosis for your pet is good if you get treatment before shock sets in. Once your dog is allowed to go home, you will need to continue observation and keep the affected area dry and sterile. Call the veterinarian if you have any complications, such as concern over recovery rate or condition of healing skin.

Chemical Burns Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

King
German Shepherd
6 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Rash
Hair Loss

My puppy got into my roommate's room and bit into his spray deodorant. It wasn't until 4-5 days later when he was playing that I noticed he had a spot on his lower jaw that was missing hair and appeared to be rashy. I is eating and drinking fine; doesn't appear to be in any distress or bothered by it at all. Do you have any recommendations?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that this is a burn from the rapid depressurisation of a can which can cool down living tissue in contact at the time giving the opposite of a heat burn; you should bathe the area with a dilute antiseptic twice per day and monitor it for improvement. If there are no signs of improvement over the next few days you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rocky
Mixed breed
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Trouble Walking

My dog burned his paws a few weeks ago from salt outside. When we took him to the vet, it seemed that he only had relatively superficial burns so he was immediately cleaned off and given some fluids then sent home. He was limping because he was uncomfortable but now it has been two weeks and he still doesn’t want to put any weight on the main pads of his back paws. Otherwise he is acting normally, eating, drinking, still has a good demeanor and still walks around. There aren’t any signs of an infection or anything like that. Could this still be from the burn? How long does it take to heal? What Can I be doing to keep him more comfortable?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Rocky I cannot confirm if this is still from the salt burn or something else, you should ensure he has plenty of rest and there are no signs of irritation on the paws. Generally we would expect mild cases to resolve quickly, but if Rocky is having problems still you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to see if there is something else going on. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Koby
Labrador chocolate
8 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Our 8 month old chocolate Lab took a swim in our new pool, noticing dry skin like dandraft and a few little ssores on his legs area its been about a week. He's other than that normal. Active happy.

Is there something i can put on him to aid and speed up the healing process.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Common reasons for those signs that you are describing are bacterial infections, parasites, and allergic dermatitis. It would be best to have Koby seen by your veterinarian to examine his skin and determine if there is any treatment that he might need. I hope that everything goes well for him.

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Dez
Black Lab
12 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

chemical burn on nose

My 12 week old black lab got tanning lotion on her nose, and 2 days later now has what looks like a chemical burn. Is there anything I can do to treat it? After researching online, I've found that even some ointments can be harmful to dogs... It looks like there are a few layers of skin burned on her nose.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is important that you keep the area clean especially after eating or going outside; cleaning with a dilute antiseptic is best but topical ointments like Neosporin would probably just get licked off. You should also visit your Veterinarian to assess the injury to see if it needs to be covered or not as well as possibly getting some antibiotics to help against possible secondary infection. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Olive
Goldendoodle
7 months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Redness

We sprayed our pup with a deodorant spray meant for dogs. It looked like it was dog friendly and all natural ingredients. She acted crazy as soon as we sprayed it on her. A week or so later we noticed what appeared to be a swollen spot on her back. We took her to the vet where they shave her back and found that they were at least half a dozen more spots that had reacted to the spray. They gave her anabiotic‘s and anti-inflammatories and she seems to be doing better, but a month and a half later some of the areas are still slightly red and puffy. A couple of them have started to grow hair back, but the main patch is still looking irritated. No open wounds, just clearly sensitive. She doesn’t seem to be bothered by it. Is there anything left to do for her or just let the skin naturally continue to heal? Thanks for the advice!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In these cases, all you can do is wait for the skin to heal and the hair to grow back; if the product was intended for dogs you should contact the manufacturer to inform them of this event and they may be able to give you product specific advice on what is happening. Just keep an eye on it but if there is no improvement over the next few weeks you should return to your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My Douberman got hold of some drain cleaner. She now has two very big open wounds, one on each front paw. One of the wounds, you can see the bomes of her leg. Vet gave antibiotics and suggested we keep it covered to prevent her from licking and infection. It is now a week later asn I replace dressing twice a day as it is very painful and I want to help te healing process. Today she started shivering terrably, but calms down with some affection. Is there anything else that I can do to help her?

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Kody
Labrador Retriever
10 Months
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

Redness

My dog got sick in his kennel today causing him to be stuck with feces on him for a couple of hours. I believe the acidity of his feces caused him to burn the skin off his testicles which are red and strawberry like. He shows no signs of being bothered by them though, should he visit a vet or should I wait it out?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the skin has come off his scrotum then you should visit your Veterinarian immediately, if the skin on the scrotum is red and inflamed then you may be able to bathe the scrotum with dilute chlorhexidine and prevent him from licking by using a cone. A visit to your Veterinarian would be best as there should be no skin missing by being caked in faeces for a few hours; plus if the skin is broken there is the complication of secondary bacterial infection, so a course of systemic antibiotic may be required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Panda
Shi-Beagle
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My shichon's fur was colored about 2 months ago, I'm not sure what type of dye was used. She's been scratching a lot leaving the area sore, red and yellowish. The top of Her right ear
seems to be itchy when I give her a bath, looks like dandruff on the hair but she will scratch the top of her ear until is bleeding. I got a neck cone it helps but she still tries to scratch her skin with her paws.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is important to give Panda regular baths with a sensitive shampoo and to not use any dye or colouring on her. Thorough cleaning of the skin is important to ensure that any residue is washed off, this may involve cutting the fur down. I do not condone the colouring of dog’s hair/fur and hope it doesn’t happen again; if the scratching is intense I would recommend you visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Loki
Scottish Deerhound
4 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Redness

Puppy knock down some detergents and bleach, I washed him, and soaked his feet in cool water twice. His feet are still red. He eats, sleeps, drinks water, bowels normal, but I don't know how to help his feet heal.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is important that the detergents and bleach have been thoroughly rinsed off which you have done; if Loki is otherwise alright, I would just keep an eye on his paws. Topical ointments on the paws are licked off too easily, but there should be no real problem if the skin isn’t damaged. I would give it a few days, but if it doesn’t improve visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Maddie
Italian Greyhound/doxin
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Hacking
Chewing feet
Wheezing
Dragging butt on floor
Coughing

Medication Used

Hydroxyzine

My dog was involved in a motor vehicle accident where the airbag busted inside the car, she had previously had some minor signs of allergies (chewing feet,rubbing her butt) but now she's started coughing and sometimes hacking like she has something in her throat. I've taken her to the vet twice and they put her one hydroyzine which helps some but she's still coughing. Could she have gotten burned in the accident and if so how do I go about getting her checked out. Thank you

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Airbags can save lives but from first hand experience I can tell you that they can release a powder when they inflate which, for me at least, caused a bit of a cough for the remainder of the day; there are reports in literature and in the media of deaths and illness from particles from the deployment of airbags especially when the airbag ruptured. I would advise to find out the manufacturer of the airbag in the vehicle and to contact them about any issues reported about their airbags (it is a long shot but may help). www.hindawi.com/journals/crim/2010/498569/ www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16498862 www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2151150/Killed-fumes-airbag-Father-59-died-crash-glass-pierced-bag-releasing-noxious-chemicals.html

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Sassy Girl
Australian Terrier
8 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Redness,
Lethargy
Squinting
Blisters,
Loss of Appetite

Medication Used

Clavamox antibiotic- oral
Tramadol 50 mg.
Carprofen

My Sassy Girl has chemical burns on her right front let and her armpit rib area, I was wondering how long it takes for the burn to become present? How soon after lying in said chemical would the burns be present? And how can I tell if the tissue is dead?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The time for a chemical burn to show would be dependent on the chemical (acid or alkali, concentration etc…). Dead tissue would normally start be become dry and discoloured; due to the many different types of chemicals, I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian to have a look at the burn and to determine whether it is acid or alkali as well as pH etc… and to start treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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ill girl
mixed
2 yrs
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

raised blisters on back.

I treated my dog for being sprayed by a skunk with dawn, peroxide and bakingsoda it caused what seems to be a chemical burn.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Hydrogen peroxide used on the skin or internally for the induction of vomiting should be 3%; higher concentrations may cause chemical burns to the skin. Wash the area with plain water and visit your Veterinarian for examination, topical cream and possibly systemic antibiotics. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tiger
Puddle
4 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

He was itching

What do I do ? I bought my dog a fleabane collar and he started wining on day so I took it off and found out that he had a chemical burn

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Wash the area with chlorhexidine and depending on the severity, either visit your Veterinarian or clip the area around the burns and apply an ointment to prevent against secondary infection. If there is a severe burn or Tiger is showing any other symptoms visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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