fire1. Assess the Type of Burn:

  • First degree burns: Superficial, from minor sunburns or hot liquids, red and slightly swollen.
  • Second degree burns: Affect middle skin layer, from deep sunburns or flash burns from chemicals, blistered and wet looking.
  • Third degree burns: Involve the deepest skin destruction, white and puffy or charred and black.

For First and Second Degree Burns:

  • Submerge or rinse with cold water (no ice) or apply a clean cloth soaked in cold water
  • If blisters are closed, apply a clean, dry bandage
  • If blisters are open, do not cover
  • Do not break blisters open
  • Do not peel skin
  • Let heal naturally
  • If blister is large and doesn’t heal, see a veterinarian

 3rddegreeFor Third Degree Burns:

  • Do not move the animal unless necessary
  • Do not immerse in cold water
  • Treat for shock and cover animal to retain body heat
  • Apply a clean, thick, dry dressing – don’t wrap, just cover
  • Do not remove burned skin or charred material
  • Seek veterinary attention immediately

As well, some holistic veterinarians recommend giving Dr. Bach’s rescue formula and Arsenicum album 30c. And the following topicals are good for mild burns.


  • Aloe vera
  • Calendula
  • Essential oil of lavender
  • Urtica urens tincture