11 August 2020

Should I Apply Sunscreen to My Pet?

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Claire Smith, Vet

It’s always best to keep our pets out of the sun, but this isn’t always possible, especially with the hot weather we have had in Sandwich and Deal this year. Applying sunscreen is a good option to help keep your pet protected and prevent complications from developing.

Sun bathing pets

Using sunscreen correctly is as important for pets as it is for humans, especially if your pet is thin-haired, unpigmented or is likely to get lots of sun exposure on its ears and nose. Cats with white ears, and noses are at particular risk, as are certain dog breeds. 

The risk of using most human sunscreens on pets is relatively low, however some ingredients such as zinc oxide can be toxic and cause an upset stomach if eaten. Sunscreens made especially for pets are available and the safest option. Sunscreens should be fragrance-free, water resistant and block UVA and UVB rays. The higher the SPF the better!

Dog on Deal beach with Sunscreen
A pet specific sunscreen

When applying sunscreen to your pet look for areas that are particularly exposed such as the ears and nose. Avoid the area around the eyes. Keep reapplying regularly as directed by the manufacturer.

Discontinue use of the sunscreen if your pet experiences a rash or excessive itching.

If you notice any red sores or scabby areas forming on the white areas of your pet please do get in touch as these could be signs of skin cancer.

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