Battling the risk of burns

 
By Connie Orcutt • Published: January 1st, 2016
Category: Animal Airwaves
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Burns are some of the worst wounds an animal can suffer. And they’re not just caused by fires — chewing on electrical cords and exposure to chemicals can burn tissues too. What’s more, burns are often complicated by other problems, like smoke inhalation or poisoning. So prevention beats treatment, hands down.

Pets are often burned by contact with sizzling surfaces like stoves, grills or open fires. Even blacktop heated by the sun can burn tender paws. And don’t forget about exposure to bleached surfaces or spattered grease, which can cause painful burns.

So keep pets away from the kitchen or grill when you’re cooking. And don’t handle hot liquids or chemicals near animals. Keep in mind too that pets — especially young ones — are curious, so don’t leave them out alone where temptations can be life-threatening.