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Q. My mother's two bulldogs stepped in kerosene, she washed their feet but they are running around her house still in pain as their feet are still burnin

Answered By
AMY S. EUTSEY, DVM

A. I'm not sure what she used to wash their feet, but I would recommend washing them again. It is best to use a dishwashing liquid like Dawn or something similar. Make sure to wash them ver well and rinse them very well. Not is okay to repeat it or make a dish soap and water solution for them to stand in to soak the feet. If you are not successful in removing the kerosene and odor, try rubbing coconut oil or even just a standard vegetable cooking oil into the fur and skin on the feet and between the toes, then wash them again with the Dawn dish soap. The oil helps to emulsify the kerosene which makes it easier to wash off with the detergent.


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