5 Sun Smart Pet Tips

Don't forget about applying sun smart rules to your pets too this summer, as temperatures begin to rise, it puts our pets at just as much risk as us of developing sunburn and skin cancer. Pets’ can get sunburnt too and while some breeds are more susceptible than others, it is important to protect your pet from harmful sun-rays as you would yourself. People often head to the beach, apply sunscreen, put on a hat and bring along their pet- completely unprotected. Read our 5 Pet Sun Smart Tips and make sure your pets are safe this summer.

  1. Avoid the Midday Sun
    The sun's peak hours are between 10am and 4pm, so try to avoid taking your pet out during these times. If you are planning on going to the beach with your pet over summer, aim to get up as early as you can so they have a chance to play before it gets too hot. Also save exercising with your pet for early mornings or late afternoons to avoid sunburn and heatstroke.
  2. Slip, Slop, Slap
    Repeated sunburn in animals and too much exposure to sunlight, can eventually lead to malignant skin cancer. Like humans, pets should have sun block applied to sensitive areas such as tips of ears, noses, belly and any areas that have less hair coverage. Pets with light-coloured noses or light-coloured fur on their ears are particularly vulnerable to sunburn and skin cancer.
  3. Shady Tails and Paws
    Another way to help your pet avoid sun dangers is to make sure they always have a shaded area to rest. Ensure the backyard has cover for them to escape the sun; a kennel or shade tent can be used if you don't have any other cover. If you’re at the beach, don’t forget to pack a big umbrella that they can lay under. Take note of where your pet's are lazing around through the day and make sure they are not getting too much direct sunlight.
  4. Cool Cats
    Believe it or not, cats can also be in danger of sunburn as they often like to lie in the sun. White cats are especially at risk and it is strongly recommended to apply a pet-friendly sunscreen daily to these particular breeds. Cats and dogs are also rather skilled at licking off creams, sprays and zinc. Sometimes ingredients in these products can be toxic so try and purchase a sun protective cream that is made specifically for animals.
  5. Fur Protector
    When getting your cat or dog clipped and groomed, leave at least a centimetre of fur so your pet has some natural protection against the sun. Although the fur on your animal is not always the complete protection they will need, it can help with eliminating direct sunlight on the skin. When your pet is clipped for the first time in summer, take extra care to provide them with protection from UV rays.
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