Slinky (a 10mth sable boy) was surrendered to us at the beginning of Nov 06 on antibiotics with what appeared to be a nasty rash on his back. With all the fur entangled in the scabbing it was hard to tell where it started and where it ended.
We continued his antibiotics prescribed for him before he was surrendered for a week, and gave him a rough haircut.
The next week his scabs were healing nicely and all seemed to be going well, until he decided to have a field day and tear all the scabs off. I was greeted by a mass of red raw weeping flesh (too graphic to show pic), the poor thing. We rushed him up to the vets who immediately shaved him from the front to back legs, only to find that the "rash" was not a "rash" but a rather the remnants of a nasty burn. Slinky had had an unknown caustic chemical poured on him You could clearly see the main area and splash marks where what ever was on him had dribbled down his sides. The skin had started to heal around the edges, but the middle was still very raw.
Slinky now looked more like a gremlin than ever. His burn was smothered in Organic Honey and bandaged from front to back legs. You couldn't help but love him, looking like that. The bandages were changed every couple of days (not an easy feet) for several weeks. It's amazing how quickly he healed. All the while he has been happy, affectionate and gentle.
We are happy to report that Slinky is almost better, with his new fur already coming back. There is some doubt as to whether he will get all his fur back. Only time will tell. For now, everything is looking up for the little chap. He is starting to settle into his new home, but is not allowed rough play as yet, due to his sensitive skin.
Ironic Shape of Slinky's Burn
Extra Info: Chemical injuries happen whether it is an accident or on purpose.
Burns can be:
- Superficial (first degree) - the skin will be painful to touch, red, and may blister.
- Second degree - the animal will experience pain, the skin will turn dry and light brown in colour and there will be local swelling.
- Deep (third degree) where the fur will pull out easily. The skin may appear pure white, or black if charred. The area may not be painful to touch due to nerve damage and the animal may go into shock.
Animals with burns need veterinary attention this is mostly because it is hard to assess how serious a burn is and also because the fur needs to be removed to allow treatment.
A serious burn is where the animal is in severe pain or going into shock; where the burn is deep, or a large area of skin is involved, or if the burn involves the airways or face.
1. Run cold water over the effected area or apply cold packs for up to 15 minutes or until the body part has returned to normal temperature.
2. Do not apply any lotions, ointments or oily dressings.
3. Do not overcool the animal. If they start to shiver then stop applying the cold water.
4. Cover the wound if it is extensive or the animal is licking at it. Use a non-stick dressing. Do not use cotton wool.
Slinky at week 5