Dogs can need sunscreen too

Summer is officially over, but parts of the country are still hot and sunny. Did you know that dogs can get sunburned and get skin cancer just like humans? You shouldn’t use human sunscreen on pets, but there are pet safe versions created to fit their skin, and to be safe in case the pooch would lick it off.

Areas extra sensitive to the sun include the tip of the ears, the nose, the belly, and the groin – areas that typically have less hair coverage as well as thinner skin.

New findings show that humans should wear sunscreen every day around year – even on rainy days, during winter, and up north – and that UV rays can reach us even through windows and cloud covers. Knowing that, it makes sense to protect our furry friends at least when they’re romping about in the sun.

Dogs love their outside time, but they don’t know when enough is enough, and we need to control their time in the sun and heat. Even if the weather has cooled down a little it’s wise to watch for signs of heatstroke. Symptoms include panting, drooling, lethargy, fever, vomiting, and collapse. Breeds with short noses, senior dogs, and puppies are  more susceptible to heat.

If you think your dog might have heatstroke, do your best to cool it down, and call the vet at once!

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