ASK-THE-VET: SUN PROTECTION FOR PETS

Question: My dog doesn’t have much hair and I’ve noticed that he gets very pink around his nose and on his belly. I am worried he is getting sunburned. What can I do?

Answer: Thanks for your question. Sunny days can pose a risk of sunburn for light-haired pets or for those with very thin hair. Keep them in the shade as much as possible or consider a UV dog sun shirt for body protection or a doggie visor to keep most of the sun off his face. There is an FDA-approved sunscreen called Epi-Pet Sun Protector Sunscreen Spray that is safe for use on dogs.

Do not spray it directly onto his face in order to avoid accidental eye contact—spray it on your hands first and then apply to the face. Keep your eye out for any lumps or bumps in the areas that have repeatedly gotten sun exposure and see your vet if anything seems unusual.

Answers provided to pet owners by Dr. Donna Spector should be considered information and not specific advice. Answers are to be used for general information purposes only and not as a substitute for in-person evaluation or specific professional advice from your veterinarian. Communications on this site are very limited and should never be used in possible cases of emergency. Halo, Purely for Pets will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by your reliance on any information or content contained in a blog or article post. If you have consulted your veterinarian and if you are still concerned about your pet’s condition or if your pet has chronic, complicated or undiagnosed problems, Dr. Spector can offer consultations for you and your veterinarian via www.SpectorDVM.com.

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