This refers to any damage to tissues by contact with harmful chemicals such as acids, or strong cleaning supplies.
What to do:
- Wash the affected area with copious amounts of flowing water for a minimum of 15 minutes
- If the chemicals were dry, then brush them away carefully, all the while protecting your pet's eyes, nose and mouth
- If the chemical is in the eye, flush with large amounts of water,* saline or eye wash solution for at least 15 minutes
- Contact your veterinarian as soon as possible
What NOT to do:
- Do not try to apply "neutralizing agents" to the skin or eyes - this could cause a chemical reaction that produces heat and could lead to further injury to your dog
- Do not immerse your pet in non-flowing water, as you need to be rinsing the irritant away
* Pure water can be irritating to the eyes and skin - saline is more comfortable - you can make this solution by dissolving 2 tbsp. of salt in 1 litre of water.