Most people take care to protect themselves from the harsh rays of the sun, yet they don’t realize their pets need sun protection, too. The damaging UVA and UVB rays can affect your pet just as it does you. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to protect your pet from the sun and you’ll both enjoy the summer without downtime from painful sunburn.
Allow Them To Keep Their Fur
Some people falsely believe that it will make their pets cooler in the summer if they shave their fur, but this is a huge mistake. Once their fur is removed, this leaves their skin vulnerable to harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. If you insist on lightening their fur load, you should trim it, but never cut so much that their bare skin is exposed.
Limit Their Sun Time
If you have a pet that seems to love the sun and they are not particularly bothered by it, this does not mean you should let them bask for unlimited blocks of time. As with humans, it is not healthy for them to lay out in the sun for too long. If you notice any telling signs, like a pink nose or excessive panting, you should guide them to a place where they can get some shade.
Buy Some Sunscreen
Many veterinarians say that it is safe to use sunscreen on your pets, so you should certainly do so. To be on the safe side, make sure that you buy one that is formulated for babies. This will offer them the protection needed without being too harsh. You only need to apply it in places where there is little to no fur.
Also, make sure that the product you buy does not contain any zinc oxide. This is a common ingredient in sunscreen and it is toxic to animals.
We hope you and your pet have a wonderful summer together both in and out of the sun.