It’s a glorious day outside and you may be planning some sun-filled adventures with your pooch or kitty outdoors. Be careful though, just as we need to protect our own skin from getting sunburnt this summer, we also need to think about our pets’ too!
Fur and pigmented skin helps to protect our pets from the harsh UV rays that cause sunburn. However, for pets that have white fur, a thin coat or no fur (for example, our Chinese Crested friends), the sun’s harmful rays will easily penetrate to their skin increasing their risk of sunburn. This also applies to cats and dogs that have been shaved.
Not only is sunburn painful for your pet, it can also make them vulnerable to developing skin cancer, which may be fatal. The sun’s UV rays cause skin cancer by penetrating the skin and damaging the genes within the skin cells. The delicate skin around the ears and nose is especially susceptible to sunburn and therefore skin cancer, so take extra care to protect these areas.
How can I keep my pet safe in the sun?
Have fun in the sun, but keep your pet safe and protected by applying sun cream this summer!
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