Protect your dog from Sunburn
Summer is for outdoor fun. But like many things you want to make sure your dog has the right protection so you can maintain the fun.
Part of that is sun protection
. You might be surprised to know that your pets can sunburn at all. Although, when you think about it, why not? Sun exposure is the same no matter your species definition. Which means, if you and your dog spend a day at the beach, you may BOTH come home red all over.
And, just like you, dogs are at risk for skin cancer. In dogs, skin cancer can appear as tumors so it’s worth a trip to the veterinarian for a check-up if you feel or see anything that looks abnormal.
How to Protect Your Pet from the Sun
While it’s predominately light haired (and short haired) pets most at risk for sun damage, it’s a good idea to follow these simple guidelines for any pet.
Avoid the mid-day sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and use sunscreen. But what sort of sunscreen can you use for your pet? I’m glad you asked. You’re right if you think you and your dog will use different types of products. After all, certain chemicals, like zinc oxide – can be toxic to dogs, so you’ll so want to use a pet-safe product.
Bestflea.com offers a sunstick, a spray, and wipes to protect your pet from the sun during summer fun. You can also put a t-shirt on your dog to protect him. The facial area is most at risk for burning – tips of the ears and the nose for all dogs. However, any dog is at risk, especially those who have short hair.
Cats are susceptible to sunburn too, but since they’re usually less inclined to travel with you, they may be safer.
Besides sunburn, pets can also get sunstroke so make sure there’s a cool, shady spot available for rest and plenty of fresh water. Sunstroke is a dangerous situation that can be fatal.
Some dogs – especially active ones—will wear themselves out chasing frisbees and balls in the sun, so if your dog is like that, try to enforce shady area rest breaks throughout your day.
And while you’re planning your summer fun, be sure that you don’t leave your pets in the car. It takes less than 10 minutes for the heat to rise and become an oven in a closed car. Imagine the heat climbing to 100 to 120 degrees on a 78-degree day and being locked inside! It’s worse on a 90-degree day.
Don’t chance it.
People don’t realize how hot cars can get, even if the windows are cracked. Protect your dog and don’t leave them alone in a parked car – at all. This summer, a little preplanning can ensure lots of fun and great memories for you and your furry friends.
Do you have adventures planned?