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First Aid for Chemical Burns in Dogs

Chemical burns in dogs require first aid.

Dogs can receive chemical burns when household cleaners, detergents, or other chemicals around the home spill on them. They also occur when a dog walks through these chemicals or drinks them from a bucket or puddle.

Signs of Chemical Exposure in Dogs

You may not always be aware that your dog has come into contact with a chemical. Here are some of the signs that you will see your dog exhibiting if this happens:

  • A chemical odor coming from the dog
  • Drooling or pawing at the mouth
  • Red eyes and rubbing at the face
  • Red, raw areas on the skin

First Aid for Chemical Burns in Dogs

First, remove the chemical from the area. Keep the packaging so you can report the exact exposure that your dog had to your veterinarian or the Pet Poison Helpline.

Call the Pet Poison Helpline at 800-213-6680. They can give you further immediate actions to take.

If your dog ingested or chewed on a chemical, rinse her mouth with tap water for 5-10 minutes.

If your dog has a chemical on her skin, flush the area generously with water for 5-10 minutes.

Take your dog to a veterinarian immediately.

You can learn about other situations that require first aid here: "First Aid for Dogs: An Overview."

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