A little more on my ears, please!

By Connie Orcutt • Published: July 2nd, 2012
Category: Animal Airwaves

Cats and dogs are serious sunbathers! But, as with people, too much sun exposure can cause sunburn or skin cancer in our pets.

Fur and skin pigments are natural sun blockers, but light-colored skin or areas with thin or missing fur are at risk. Your pet’s ears, lips, muzzle and eyes are especially sensitive to sun exposure. Even the belly can burn when your pet lolls in the sun or stands over reflective surfaces.

Veterinary dermatologists recommend sunscreen for your pet’s sun-sensitive areas. If your dog is a licker, use pet-specific products, which are safe for canines to ingest. However, some of these lotions are toxic for cats, so ask your veterinarian for cat-friendly options. Always provide access to cool shade for pets and lots of water on sunny days. And grab the lotion when you both go outside to catch some rays!