Just like humans, animals are at risk of burns from too much sun exposure. Both dogs and cats should have a shady place to lie, particularly at midday. It’s important to regularly check on your pets and ensure they don’t spend long periods of time lying in the sun.
Applying sun cream on pets
Pet friendly sun protection is available for our furry friends to aid you further! This is usually SPF 30+. Sun cream should be applied to thin coated or white dogs and cats on any problem areas. If you’re unsure whether your pet may require protection, you can always check with your local veterinarian.
Sun cream should be reapplied to the sensitive spots throughout the day. This includes the nose, lips, ears, groin and belly, particularly for those sun worshippers!
What to do if your pet is sunburnt
If the sunburn is reddened, warm, or flaky, your pet should be moved into the shade as soon as possible. Sunburn can be irritating and painful, and animals may subsequently suffer from hair loss and scaly skin. You may also find them scratching the affected areas. It is recommended that owners always carry water for their pets to drink or spray to cool them down.
If your dog is excessively panting or showing signs of overheating, try and move them to a shady area. Give your dogs plenty of water, and if needed place a dampened towel (or one left in the freezer), which is a great aid in cooling them down.
Ice packs wrapped in tea towels for your cats to rest on if they want to can be helpful. Alongside this, you may want to invest in paddling pools, hoses or sprinklers. If the burn is severe, steroids and antibiotics to relieve inflammation or infection are available. Vets are also able to clean the burns and apply burn cream.
How to avoid sunburn in pets
Longer walks during the middle of the day when the sun is strongest should be avoided in the summer. Taking walks early in the morning or early evening when it’s cooler will be much safer for your pooches.
The dogs most at risk include Bull Terriers, Pit Bulls, Dalmatians, Weimaraners, Lurchers, Greyhounds and Boxers. Hairless cats like the Sphynx and Peterbald or white cats are also prone to sunburn, and their outdoor activities should be monitored if possible.
What sunscreen to buy your pets
There are a variety of options in purchasing sun lotion for your cats or dogs. Always purchase pet friendly sun cream.
With the correct protection, your pets can have a playful summer whilst living a long and healthy life!
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