Summer is a great time to take your dog out on some adventures. Applying sunscreen is important for you, but, is also important for your pet! Here are some tips for your dog’s sun protection.
When chosing a sunscreen for you and your pet, you should pick one that blocks UVA and UVB rays. Products that block both will normally be labled “broad spectrum”. Broad spectrum products prevent sunburn, premature skin aging, and skin cancer. Not all products that are safe for you are safe for your pet. Do not apply sunscreen that contains zinc oxide to your pet! It could damage your dogs delicate redblood cells if injested. As far as cats are concerned, you should also stay away from sunscreens that contain salicylates. It could be fatal to their health.
There is also sun protective clothing available for pets. Baxterboo.com has an array of items to choose from. If you have an old white t-shirt that could generally fit your pet or be cut to fit them, that would help deflect some rays!
Sun protection doesn’t also prevent overheating. It is best to shave your pet down if you must, and try to keep them out of the heat during peak hours. Make sure you keep plenty of water for you and for them. Cut midday walk times and avoid pavement as it can get hot! Try to plan walk routes in the shade and on grassy areas. Be especially mindful of very young or old dogs, as they are more sensitive to temperature changes. Also, remember to take your dog to the vet immediately if you notice anything indicative of overheating (excessive panting, disorientation, vomiting, diarrhea) or skin abnormalities.