Types Of Burns In Dogs

There are many causes of burns in dogs. Mechanical burns are caused by friction, such as a rope burn. Thermal burns are caused by contact or exposure to fire, steam, or smoke. Chemical burns are caused by contact with acids, gasoline, lye, and other chemicals. 

The classification of burns generally depends on how many skin layers are affected or the depth and extent of the damage to the skin. 

First-degree burn is a superficial burn on which only the skin’s outermost layer (epidermis) is affected. The only symptoms that are present are pain and redness. Healing generally occurs within a few days with minimal care. 

Second-degree burn involves both the first 2 layers of the skin--the epidermis and dermis. There is the formation of blisters an drainage. Risk of infection is present and may take several weeks to heal. 

Third-degree burn is when all the layers of the skin including the subcutaneous tissues are involved. Affected areas are devoid of pain sensation and there is the formation of dead tissue called eschar. There is permanent scarring. The healing time is quite long and many cases of third degree burns often need skin grafts and other surgical treatments. 

Any type of burn on a pet needs prompt attention from a Frisco, TX veterinarian. Learn more here.


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