What will you do to protect your pet from skin cancer in preparation for the long, hot summer ahead? Sun protection is just as important for pets as it is for humans. Veterinarians agree that you do not need to smear sunscreen all over your dog, just protect certain key spots.
Hairless breeds or a dog that has been shaven runs a greater risk of being burned and ultimately developing sun-induced tumors. However, even hairy dogs who like to doze in the sunshine while lying on their backs risk burning and tumors to those exposed spots between the hind legs, and on most breeds, it is unprotected by hair.
Be sure to provide ample shade for pets, especially between 10 am and 2 pm, and don’t let hardcore sunbathing pets over bake themselves out there. Without proper shade or sun protection, heat-seeking, summer-loving pets could surely have fry themselves to a crisp!
Beware: Many popular brands of sunscreen contain harmful chemicals
it is important to use a product made with natural ingredients. There are plenty of creams or balms for pets out there or use any natural sunscreen for kids with an SPF of 15 or higher.
A dog’s nose and snout are prone to sun-induced tumors; pale-nosed dogs and those with pink or pink-spotted snouts, there is a balm to prevent and soothe doggie sunburn. If your dog does sustain sunburn, give him or her soothing, healing bath in cool water.
Better yet Prevention, Prevention, Prevention!