Considered as fragile beings during episodes of extreme heat like the one that France is going through this week, pets must also be watched closely. For this, we think of hydrating them well and providing them with cool and comfortable places to rest. But did you know that it was also important to protect them from the sun by putting sunscreen on them? And yes, our hairballs are also exposed to UV rays which can be dangerous and can cause them diseases such as skin cancer. At first, it will be important not to expose it, like humans, to the hottest hours of the day, between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. Secondly, avoid taking it out because the hot tar could also damage their bearings, or even burn them. Finally, like their human owners, our cats or dogs can also get sunburn. So to limit the risks, we apply sunscreen to them! We insist on the sensitive parts, namely the muzzle, the belly and the ears.
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Sunscreen, yes, but not the one used for humans!
As PositivR explains, certain breeds of animals are more sensitive and fragile. They will require more attention and rigor in the application of sun protection. “This is particularly the case of white cats or cats with white ears who are 14 times more likely to develop solar dermatitis (allergy mixed with burning and itching) “, confides the media. Regarding dogs, several breeds are concerned:
Those with bare skin:
- Peruvian Hairless Dog
- Argentinian hairless dog
- Mexican hairless dog
- Pharaoh’s Hound
- American Hairless Terrier
Those with short hair:
Be careful though! Above all, we should not apply human sunscreen to our dogs and cats. Indeed, these products contain substances that can be toxic for your doggie or kitty, such as salicylate, a derivative of salicylic acid present in certain plants. To avoid any problem, ask your veterinarian for advice, who will be able to direct you to products with high sun protection.