Seasonal Tips

People are not the only ones affected by too much time in the sun. Just as if you spend too much time in the sun, UV radiation can adversely affect the skin of your pets.

Areas of the body most commonly affected are without pigment or lightly haired, like the ears, nose and eyelids of white-haired cats and dogs.

Early symptoms of solar dermatitis are a drying, crusting, and scaling of affected areas as the UVB light damages the skin cells. The areas may become sore to the touch and develop tumors.

Solar dermatitis can progress to skin cancer in some animals.

Prevention Tips:

Restricting your pet indoors during the time of day of the most intense UV radiation, generallybetween 10am and 2pm.

You can use sunscreen on your dogs. Sunscreen made specifically for dogs can be used to prevent skin damage. Apply as directed 10-15 minutes prior to sun exposure to the areas most vulnerable.

It is not advised to use ANY sunscreen on your cats. The chemicals used in sunscreens are toxic when ingested and cats are constantly grooming themselves. Experts advise keeping your cats either indoors completely or at least during peak hours. Sunning themselves in the windows does not protect them from UV rays unless the window has a UV protectant.

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