The sunny days are coming and the desire to spend your days outside, in the sun, is becoming more important.
It may seem strange to you, but a cat or a dog can get a sunburn despite its coat. UV rays don't make a difference!
Just as it's important to protect yourself when you're out in the sun, you need to be careful with your four-legged friend's exposure.
Your pet's fur provides a first layer of UV protection, but white or light-colored pets are especially sensitive to the sun because they lack pigmentation.
Areas such as the ears, nose and belly are also more sensitive because they are less protected by hair and are often lighter and pinker in color.
Our pets can suffer from skin cancer, just like us. Preventing the risks by applying sunscreen on the animals most at risk is very important.
In summary, here are some tips to enjoy the beautiful weather without jeopardizing your pet's health:
- Avoid prolonged exposure between noon and 3 p.m.
- Provide access to fresh drinking water at all times
- Refresh your pet's belly and paws (they do not sweat!). You can also spray fresh water to refresh them.
- Choose an area in the shade
- Apply sunscreen (SPF over 30) without perfume and without zinc dioxide or a special cream for animals on sensitive and pink areas
- Never leave your pet alone in the car
- Invest in a cooling mat
Prolonged exposure will cause burns and may also cause allergic skin reactions. Scabs will form and cause very unpleasant itching.
A heat stroke will cause discomfort and fainting.
In this situation, we recommend moisturizing the injured skin, applying appropriate balms and consulting a veterinarian if the lesions are too important or if the general condition of your pet deteriorates.
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