How to Treat Paw Burns

Minor paw burns can be treated at home.
Minor paw burns can be treated at home. (Image: Kane Skennar/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Our furry friends go barefoot and can easily suffer paw burns as a result of walking on hot pavement or jumping on wood stoves. While many burn injuries need professional attention from your veterinarian, a minor paw burn can be treated at home. Because burns are prone to infection, providing home care will require you to keep a close eye on your pet’s foot to ensure it is healing properly.

Things You'll Need

  • Betadine antiseptic solution
  • Silver Sulfadiazine or Neosporin ointment
  • Gauze
  • Sock
  • Surgical tape

Wash the burn with cool, running water. If your pet will not allow you to rinse the paw in the sink or tub, place the foot over a bowl filled with cool water and use a small cup or washcloth to rinse the foot pad. Pat dry with a towel.

Dilute the Betadine with water until it is the color of weak tea. Pour the Betadine solution over the paw and allow to air dry.

Apply Silver Sulfadiazine ointment to the burn. Silver Sulfadiazine can be found at your local pharmacy. If you cannot find Silver Sulfadiazine, use Neosporin or another similar antibiotic ointment.

Wrap your pet's paw and ankle with gauze. Cover the bandage with a sock and place tape at the top of the sock to hold the bandage in place.

Change the bandage at least once daily until healed. Reapply the antibiotic ointment each time to prevent infection.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use bitter apple spray to stop your pet from licking or chewing on the bandage.
  • This information is for minor heat-related paw burns only. In the event of a significant burn, or a burn caused by chemical exposure, take your pet to the veterinarian immediately.

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