Just like humans, pets can suffer with painful sunburn at this time of year.
Not only can sunburn be quite painful, but it can increase the risk of certain skin cancers, so sun safety really is important.
Which pets are most at risk?
Pets with white or light coloured, short or fine fur are particularly susceptible to sunburn.
Pets can get sunburn on their exposed skin, especially on their ear tips, belly and muzzle. Eyes can also be damaged due to sun exposure.
How can I avoid my pet getting sunburn?
- Provide lots of shade (and water) on hot days
- Keep pets inside during the hottest hours (9am – 7pm)
- Try a pet-safe sunscreen with factor 30+ and UVA/UVB protection
- Re-apply sunscreen as needed
- If your dog is amenable, try a pair of doggles or a rash shirt
Can I use any sun cream?
Do not use sunscreens that contain zinc oxide or para-aminobenzoic acid as these are toxic if ingested.
Instead, opt for a sun cream especially made for pets and always check the ingredients list.
When applying cream to the face, be careful to avoid the eye area.
Choose one that is hypoallergenic and fragrance free, it’s a good idea to do a small patch test just in case there is any skin irritation.
As ever, if you have concerns about your pet due to sunburn, please do book an appointment online.
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