Home Care for Small Dog Burns

Dog burns can be caused by heat, chemicals, sun and electrical shocks. A small burn can be treated at home. If you're not sure how serious the burn is, you should consult a veterinarian. Small dog burn wounds that only involve the first layer of the skin can be treated at home.

How Small and Deep Burns Look

These superficial burns will be reddened, warm and might have small blisters. Any burn that seeps fluid, involves hair loss or makes the skin appear white is a deep burn. These types of burns should not be treated at home. They may need to be treated with surgery and prescription medication.

How to Care for a Minor Dog Burn

To treat small burns an ice pack or package of frozen vegetables (both wrapped in a thin towel) should be applied to the affected area for 15 to 20 minutes. Chemical burns should be flushed with cool water for 5 to 10 minutes. The hair covering the burn should be clipped. The wound should be gently washed with disinfectant soap and rinsed with cool water. After drying, apply a thin layer of over-the-counter triple antibiotic cream. The area can be covered with a light dressing if the dog will not chew it off.