Emergency Treatment for Burns: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Burns (Pets)

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Burns from coming in contact with hot burners or pans should be treated immediately with cool, not icy, water, and provided with emergency veterinary care. 


Until veterinary care is available, supportive care should be given:

  • Thoroughly clean the affected body parts using e a warm (tepid) saline solution.

  • As infection is the main problem, treat the wounds regularly with Neosporin (with the pain killer in it) / or a noncaustic iodine. The use of Neosporin should be undertaken with great care and only when necessary (as assessed by a veterinarian).  Neosporin is for bacterial infections and if the bird doesn't have a bacterial infection, it also won't be beneficial. There are risks associated with Neosporin:
    • Birds may peck at the area that is covered with this ointment and ingest some of the neosporin.
    • Ointments spread rapidly across the feathers and coated feathers quickly loose their insulating ability. This can lead to the pet getting chilled.

  • Offer the patient unflavored Pedialyte (from the grocery store in the baby aisle) to drink. It will boost his electrolytes.

  • Aloe Vera Juice/Gel, applied topically, has a soothing and healing effect on the wounds. *NOTE: Even though Aloe Vera is helpful for many birds, some rare birds may have a reaction to Aloe Vera. Spray one of your fngers and touch your bird's foot. Leave for 24 hours and see if an reaction occurs.
    • Click here to learn more about Aloe Vera Plants and their medicinal applications.

  • Rub the affected areas with Young Living or Original Swiss Aromatics Lavender Essential Oil
  • Place the bird in a "hospital pen / cage " to keep him warm and quiet. Provide plenty of fluids. Make sure that the patient is eating well, if not, then tubefeeding may be necessary.

  • Keep patients away from other pets until wounds have healed to prevent other birds from picking at him.

Information contained on this website is provided as general reference only. For application to specific circumstances, professional advice should be sought.


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