Chemical Injuries

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.