Information about Cat Chemical Burn Remedies & Treatment
Cat Chemical Burn
Many household products such as detergents (dishwasher and laundry) and oven drain or toilet bowl cleaners can cause chemical burns of the skin or eyes. Mace can also cause severe burns.
Cat Chemical Burn Home Remedies
Wash the affected area with a steady stream of freshwater – preferably with a hose or hose attachment in the sink or bathtub. Do not touch the substance yourself, and do not spread it further over your cat’s body.
Decrease, a sterile eyewash can also be used to wash away the chemical from your cat’s eyes. A rinse (one-quart water and one teaspoon of baking soda) can be used with acids (toilet-bowl cleaner, mace) but not alkalis (drain cleaners).
Cat Chemical Burn Treatment
For alkali burns, thirty minutes of rinsing may be necessary. Severe chemical burns may require hourly administrations of medication.
Chemical burns are different from thermal burns. Generally, a cat gets affected by chemical burns when it licks or ingests a corrosive chemical in the form of bleach or disinfectants. In most cases, the chemical burns occur in the tongue and the upper part of the esophagus. The chemical burns can not be easily detected as many a time the symptoms of the burn starts showing up several hours after the chemical action starts.
Immediate treatment would help your cat to remover from the burn as early as possible. For diagnosing cat chemical burn the following are some of the clinical ways to determine the incidence and the intensity of the burn.
Cat Chemical Burn Diagnose
- You may yourself detect the possibility of occurrence of cat chemical burn by noting certain behavioral changes of your dear cat. The symptoms like not finding any interest in eating, continually drooling and swollenness of tongue can be due to the chemical burn. If you find the cat is always up to swallowing instead of grinding the food in the mouth and putting its paw inside the mouth, it may also indicate the incidence of burns.
- There are no definite tests to determine the occurrence of chemical burn. A close examination of the burn may help to determine the severity of the burn. A burnt skin surface of the tongue would have a white surface with redraw edges. The white skin is actually the soft tissues that have been exposed due to burning.
- For chronic cases, endoscopy and sedation are usually conducted to detect the degree of severity of the burn. The endoscope is actually a tube that is inserted into the stomach through the mouth and the esophagus. With the help of the endoscope, the vet doctors can visualize the inside of the stomach and the esophagus and may find out the intensity of the burn without carrying out any surgical operation.
The moment you realize the chemical burnt inside the mouth of the cat you are recommended to flush out the chemical from the mouth of the cat with the help of water. This would help to reduce the extent of the damage caused by the burn. If the burn is mild cleaning the mouth with GlyoxideŽ on a regular basis is also quite helpful.