After the Ashes

Recently my boyfriend’s house burnt down. They lost everything. His father was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation and a couple of minor burns. His dad did manage to get a very things out of the house, mainly just his two sisters’ clothing. My boyfriend on the other lost everything but what few things he had in his car. The only things that were truly valuable to him that escaped the fire was a few rings and a lock box with some of his grandfathers items in it and his Chihuahua Spiffy.

Spiffy lucky got out of the fire through quick thinking by his sister who let her out of his room before the fire took over. Spiffy had a few burns one being a second degree burn, she had smoke inhalation and a limp. Spiffy is doing better now that I told them a few trick to get her wounds to heal. Smoke inhalation wasn’t something I had dealt with much. I knew you had to keep them rested, make sure they had enough oxygen and watch for infection setting up in their lungs due to the smoke damaging the upper sinus cavity and the lining of the lungs but other than that I wasn’t sure. So here is a list of things to do if you ever encounter burns on your dog or a friends dog.

Second Degree Burns:

  • First, you will want to wash the wound off with cool water.
  • Then you will want to take a cloth and genitally remove dirty or debris from and around the wound
  • After you remove debris put either Vaseline or antibiotic salve (preferably antibiotic like Neosporin)
  • Once you have done this DO NOT COVER WITH BANDAGE! It will cause it to get infected.
  • Let wound air dry. This will help with the healing process.
  • Once it has scabbed over let it be.
  • Watch for infection tho.
  • Occasionally put Vaseline on the scab to keep it from cracking  open and causing pain.

Blister Burns:

  • DO NOT pop the watery blister sack. This will cause infection.
  • Clean around the area.
  • Once the blister has popped, put a little Vaseline or Neo on it but let air dry.
  • DO NOT cover. If you keep it covered it will cause infection.
  • Once it has scabbed over let it be.
  • Watch for infection tho.
  • Occasionally put Vaseline on the scab to keep it from cracking  open and causing pain.
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