Animal Dentistry and Oral Surgery Specialists, LLC

2409 Omro Road
Oshkosh, WI 54904-7713


Oral Burns


Oral burns are fortunately not common in cats and dogs; however, when they occur, they can be devestating.  The degree and extent of burns result in variable clinical presentations.

Clinical Cases:

Chemical Burn

This cat presented pawing at the face with excessive salivation, and was not eating.

Notice the chemical burn caused by a pancreatic enzyme supplement provided to this patient (Photo Courtesy Ken Lyon DAVDC).

This is a less severe presentation!

Electrical Burn. This dog abruptly stopped eating, was drooling excessively and had severe halitosis (bad breath).

Intraoral Burn (most likely electrical)

View inside the mouth revealed missing gingival tissues and exposure of the mandible.

The adjacent teeth were removed and the exposed mandible was covered using a mucogingival flap.

The oral cavity is heavily vascularized and has excellent healing properties.  Dr. Kressin will allow three to four days for healing before performing tissue debridement or aggressive oral surgery.  Adjacent teeth are often removed to develop mucogingival flaps to repair the resulting defect.