Fur and pigmented skin help protect our pets from the harsh UV rays that cause sunburn. However, for pets with white fur, a thin coat, or no fur (such as our Chinese Crested friends), the sun's harmful rays can easily penetrate their skin, increasing their risk of sunburn. This also applies to cats and dogs that have been shaved.
Sunburn is painful for your pet and can make them vulnerable to developing skin cancer, which can be fatal. The sun's UV rays penetrate the skin and damage the skin cells, which may lead to skin cancer. The delicate skin around the ears and nose is particularly susceptible to sunburn and skin cancer, so take extra care to protect these areas.
How can you keep your pet safe in the sun?
• Apply pet-safe sunscreen to areas on your pet that lack pigment or are exposed, such as their ears, nose, belly, and thighs. It's recommended to use sunscreen with at least SPF 15.