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Importance of Sunscreen for Outdoor Pets

It is the fear of melanoma that makes most people use sunscreen religiously. Skin cancer is known to be potentially fatal, and people are very careful about the sun’s rays. It may seem rather odd but sunscreen is also extremely important for pets, especially those who are outdoors most of the time.

Pet Under Sunlight

Animals are susceptible to sunburn and skin cancer. Those that are most vulnerable are animals with either light or nonexistent coats of hair and those who have naturally white coats. It may seem peculiar that animals which were once wild would have sensitivity to the sun, but even normally outdoor animals like cats can get sunburned. Pet owners have to be aware of this and take precautions to avoid not just severe discomfort, but health risks to their pets.
When cats are not outside they have a habit of sleeping by the windowsill and may stay in the sunlight for hours at a time. Even though they are indoors, ultraviolet light can penetrate through the window glass and pose a threat. Windows with film on them are one way of keeping the pet safe, but white-haired cats that spend a lot of time near regular window glass risk developing squamous cell carcinoma. The sunscreen used on cats has to be a specific brand design for feline use. The primary reason is that cats are constantly grooming themselves and ingesting certain sunscreens can make them seriously ill.
Dog spent a lot of time outdoors with their owners and those breeds that are hairless or have white coats are very susceptible to the damaging rays of the sun. Owners should look for those areas on the dog’s skin that have pink color. These have less protection from the sun and will require sunscreen to protect the animal. Other areas include the bridge of the nose, the belly, and ear tips. The sunscreen ought to be applied every several hours if the dog will be outside for extended periods. Being near shady areas is going to be helpful because the foliage will block the sun.
In looking for the proper sunscreen, the pet owner has to shop for the

Protecting Pet From Sunburn

animal equivalent of an ultraviolet ray blocker. These commonly have the ingredients SPF 15 or SPF 30 properly displayed on the labels. Any sunblock that contains zinc oxide or Octyl Salicylate should not be used at all. Zinc oxide in particular can cause serious gastrointestinal problems in the animal if ingested. The animal may have an allergic reaction to the sunblock and if a rash develops veterinarians should be contacted immediately for appropriate treatment. It is still important to make sure the dog gets plenty of exercise to avoid heart problems or becoming overweight. What the pet owner ought to do is schedule walks with the dog in the early morning, or in the early evening when the sun is not as much of a problem. Often simply moving the cat from the windowsill to some other place will keep exposure to the sun at a minimum level. The rays of the sun are yet another reason not to keep a dog or cat locked up in a car. Besides becoming dangerously warm, ultraviolet rays will penetrate through untended glass of the car.
The various breeds of cats and dogs are highly susceptible to sunburn or skin cancer. The veterinarians should be consulted to better determine the amount of risk a pet has to sun damage. May to September are the months to be particularly careful, and checking the daily weather can be a gauge of how long a pet should be out in the sun on the given day. If the pet owners bring his or her little friend along on summer vacation the sunscreen should be packed for the animal as well.
Sunscreen for animals has ingredients that are safe for the dog or cat. They also are great precaution to protect the animal’s health. Again, most people don’t realize that their pets are just as prone to skin cancer from sun exposure as any human. Any sign of sunburn should be dealt with as soon as possible. The irritation may cause the animal to scratch sunburn area and can lead to sores. A pet should be able to enjoy the summer as much as its owner. A little bit of sunscreen can see to it that those hot days are more bearable with no chance of sunburn spoiling the day.

10 thoughts on “Importance of Sunscreen for Outdoor Pets

  1. Fay Bainter

    Well defined article about caring of pets! Thank you for sharing! I have my own dog and I will definitely follow your preventives for future risks. I did research on pet owners and came to know that most of people do not realize that sun can also cause issues for their pet’s skin. Pets can burn with over exposure to sun’s rays which should be protected.

    1. admin

      It’s an obvious percept that as our skin is sensitive to sun rays likewise dogs skin too are sensitive. Thanks for your review and take care of your pets like you care yourself because they serve us without any greed and are far better than selfish humans. Do visit again!

  2. JacobRandell

    Quite valuable post! I am very familiar with this since my dog is always getting burnt even if he is barely outside. It can be very harmful if you continuously ignore it. Excessive exposure to the sun can cause long term skin diseases including cancer. So it is better to take care of the preventive tips.

    1. admin

      Well said Jacob!! Always keep your pets safe from diseases and sun exposure to get rid of unnecessary expenses and headache.

  3. Alexis Davis

    Interesting post!! Even if animals are blessed with dense hairs but still they get affected by sun light. So it is necessary to take care of them against sunlight but people take it casually because they don’t know about its’ side-effects. The article is truly useful for pet lover. The UV ray present in sunlight may cause skin cancer in animals that’s why people should be aware of this dangerous problem. I found the whole description of sunscreen very much impressive. I’m not having any experience with pets but I’ll definitely suggest my friends to use sunscreen for their pets and also refer this article.

  4. Alex Parker

    Earlier I was never been conscious for my dog regarding sun burn. Few months earlier I noticed some patches on its back and immediately I visited to my vet and he gave me the clear explanation on this topic. I was totally shocked with the words he explained; as he told my dog may get victim to skin cancer unless I took required preventive steps. Now my dog is under his observation and also taking the instructed medicines and sunscreen.

    It’s really a good article you have posted; I too want to suggest every pet owner not to be careless towards sun burn and should use sunscreen for their pets.

    1. admin

      Thanks Alex for your comment. Yeah, you did everything right and that was really important for your pet that time and I wish your pet will recover soon.

  5. Albert Hills

    Nice blog! I don’t like pets but your article title made me read it. I was searching articles on sunscreen and found yours. Well I read your blog and I could not believe the facts you have mentioned here. I searched the same in different sites and that too reveals that outdoor pets always have more chances of getting victim to skin cancer. This article is really helpful for pet owners to make them aware of such diseases of pets. These preventive tips are also quite helpful. Thanks for sharing.

    1. admin

      Well, I am glad that you liked my article Albert. It all means to the safety of our Pet animals and We should stay focus to keep them away from any disease.


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