Sun Protection for Pets

The South African sun beats down on us, especially in summer. We are all aware of the importance of protecting ourselves from the sun. But what about our pets? Light-skinned or white-coloured animals are particularly at risk from skin cancer and the areas that have no fur – ear tips, bridge of nose, lips, tummy of dogs that love lying on their backs.  Can we minimise their risk for contracting Skin Cancer or sun-related tumors? 

 

Yes there are products on the market to help prevent skin damaged by the sun.  There are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to protecting our pets skin.  Lets take a look at them:

Can I use ZINC on my pet's nose and ears?

No.  Zinc is toxic for animals and should be avoided at all costs.

Zinc oxide is an irritant to the stomach. In cases of short-term exposure or when smaller amounts are ingested, signs include vomiting, diarrhea, lack of appetite, abdominal pain, and generalized depression. With long-term exposure or when large quantities are ingested, signs also include severe intravascular hemolytic anemia, blood in the urine, jaundice, weakness, multiple organ failure, and death. Source : PetEducation

Is there a sunblock specifically for pets in South Africa?

Yes, Petscreen SPF23 is available in stores and online.

PETSCREEN SPF23 contains 4 different sunscreen agents in a quick-drying base, giving a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 23 with broad- spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB components of sunlight. Safe to use daily on light skinned pets.  Buy Now.

What else can I use to protect my pets from the sun?

Sunblock for babies SPF30 and higher can also safely be used on your pets skin.

How does one apply the sunblock?

Most pets do not like the spray (or the sound of it), so its best to spray some on your hand or on a cotton bud and then rub onto their skin.

The next time you go for a hike or a walk on the beach, remember to rub on the sunblock before you go!

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