Sunburns and Cancer: Protect Your Pet
Did you know your pet’s fur may not be enough to protect them from sun damage?
“Dogs and cats are susceptible to skin damage from the sunís UV rays just like people,” Dr. Jimmy Desmond explains. “However, pets too can get sunburned resulting in ulcerated skin, permanent skin damage and even cancer. Although, all pets are susceptible to skin damage, certain animals are more at risk; those who are mainly white, shorter haired and those with lighter colored noses. Areas where animals are most at risk are the nose, where the hair is thin, such as the belly or groin, the ears, around the mouth and anywhere there might be exposed skin such as hotspots, or other areas of with hair loss.”
An ounce of prevention goes a long way when it comes to sun damage and shade†can be†the number one protection for your pet. It’s important to be†particularly mindful of sun exposure during mid-day between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
“Sunscreen can also be used. However, itís better to use sunscreen that is designed especially for pets as some ingredients in human sunscreens can be toxic to animals,” Dr. Desmond continues. “Be sure that any pet sunscreen is labeled specifically for either cats or dogs to ensure your pet is safe if they he or she accidentally ingests the sunscreen. Even more important, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian if you notice any suspicious growths or lesions on your petís skin.”