Is the Sun Dangerous to Your Pet?

by Rachel Baker on April 27, 2014

Summer time is right around the corner and with that comes a more intense sun. Often overlooked, as we are slathering the children with sunscreen and pumping bottles of juice and water into their systems, are our pets.

Here are a few tips on how to keep your pets from overdoing it in the summer sun. Truly, most of these are good tips for keeping you and your kids healthy in the sun and heat also.

Just like humans, pets can overdo it in the sun. A French-fried pooch can peel, scab over and experience pain. Extreme cases can even lead to skin cancer.

Keep Your Dog From Burning –
According to Novartis Animal Health, there are several things you can do to prevent disaster:
• Pay attention to your pet’s exposed areas, such as around his lips, ears and nose. Apply sunblock to the tips of your pet’s ears and the top of the nose.
• Protect your fair-haired pet. Just like people with pale white skin, dogs and cats with lighter-colored fur are at greater risk for getting sunburned.
• Keep your pet in the shade during peak sun hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).
• Get your pet to a veterinarian if he starts looking like a tomato.

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