How to Protect Your Dog From the Sun
Unfortunately, pets get skin cancer too. Just like us, dogs and cats are susceptible to sun damage. Excess sun exposure can lead to sunburns and skin cancer for our best friends.
Most dogs and cats have hair that protects them from sun damage. However, hairless cat and dog breeds, like the Sphynx and Mexican Hairless dog, respectively, are highly susceptible to sunburns and skin cancer. In addition, it is important to realize that even pets with hair can be vulnerable to the sun’s harmful rays. Areas like the ears, nose, lips, eyelids and belly often have little to no hair on them and thus are very susceptible to sun damage. Also, pets with light skin and short or thin hair, like white cats, are also more susceptible to developing skin cancer, especially if they spend a lot of time outdoors. So what can you do to protect your pets this summer?
Minimize Time in the Sun Keep your pets indoors when the sun is strongest. This is usually in the afternoon between 11 am to 3 pm, but obviously depends on where you live. A good rule of thumb is if it is peak tanning hour this is not when you want your pet outside.
Protective Clothing & Hats If your pet seems to worship the sun and always wants to lie down in full-sun to catch some rays, consider protective clothing. Body glove Pets makes rashguards and visors to protect your dog. It's critical to keep their eyes protected so they don't get cataracts. As an FYI, do not let the groomer trim their eyelashes. Dog's longer eyelashes protect their eyes. Dog Cooling Coats also are made out of material with UVP protection. http://www.keepdoggiesafe.com/sun-protection.html
Sunscreen If your pet can’t stay out of the sun or you can’t dress your pet in protective sun wear, consider using pet sunscreen on your pet’s ear tips, nose and other areas vulnerable to sun damage. Just make sure to avoid getting it in their eyes. Many human sunscreens contain ingredients that can be toxic if your pet licks it off or ingests the sunscreen. I recommend only using a veterinary approved sunscreen But before you lather your pet, make sure the sunscreen doesn't contain zinc oxide. It's poisonous for pets. We like the three in one pet sunscreen and flea repellent. http://www.keepdoggiesafe.com/flea-repellent.html
Protect your Pet and Protect Yourself from the sun but most importantly, enjoy your time together.