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.”

Rescued cat Sadie recently underwent surgery to remove a portion of her ear, impacted by skin cancer

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.”

Animals with white fur are particularly susceptible to sun damage.


Melania Padilla
Melania P3 years ago


Jim Ven
Jim Ven3 years ago

thanks for the article.

Nora McKellar
Nora McKellar4 years ago

interesting!! didn't know there was doggy sunscreen should look out for it

Silvia Steinhilber

I always make sure my boy has shade to go to, and he always does after a few minutes of basking in the sunshine. More sense than some people!

This seems a good time to make people aware of another condition common to short nosed ( brachycephalic ) dogs, and a few others as well. They seem to be prone to mast cell tumors, so it's very important to keep an eye out for lumps and bumps and get them checked by a vet asap and have them removed before they become a major problem!

Manuela C.
Manuela C4 years ago

Very important information, thank you.

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Care 2

Thank you for sharing

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Aud nordby4 years ago


Louise Perreault
Past Member 4 years ago

Good to know. Thanks

Karen Rosenfeld
Karen Rosenfeld4 years ago

For those of you that are interested in holistic truly natural options - you can take some very simple steps at home to make your own Homemade Sunscreen for Dogs
You can also look for off-the-shelf made for pet sunscreen that contains similar truly safe ingredients.