Pet burns can occur in many ways. Exposure or ingestion to chemicals, electrical and thermal (heat) burns, and sunburn are the most common. If you are unable to seek medical attention immediately, flush the area of the burn with cool water for 5 minutes. After flushing, apply a cool compress to the burn area. Never apply an ice pack to the skin. You may wrap an ice pack in a towel or a t-shirt then apply to the skin. Seek medical attention as soon as possible. Burns need to be addressed immediately and can be life threatening.