Chemical Injuries and pets

Injury to tissue caused by contact with harmful chemicals such as lye, acids, and strong cleaning supplies.

What to Do

  • Wash the contaminated area with large volumes of flowing water for at least 15 minutes.
  • In the case of dry chemicals, brush them away carefully, taking special care to protect your and your pet’s eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • If the chemical is in the eye, flush the eye with large volumes of water or saline for 15 minutes.
  • Seek veterinary attention as soon as possible.

What NOT to Do

  • Do not apply “neutralizing agents” to the skin or eyes. They can cause a chemical reaction that produces heat and cause further injury to tissues.
  • Do not immerse your pet in “non-flowing” water if a dry chemical has spilled on him. These dry chemicals are usually activated by water. The water must be flowing in order to rinse the chemical away.

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