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Posted on Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Tips for Keeping Dogs Safe from the Sun

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You might think that flea and tick control is your only concern this coming summer, but the fact of the matter is that plenty of environmental factors may become a threat to animal wellness when the sun comes out. Warm weather is perfect for playing outside with your dog, and your pet likely can’t wait to spend time at the park or beach. However, it’s worth noting that the sun isn’t always your friend, especially if your dog is a short-haired breed.

You already know that skin cancer is a big concern, especially when the weather is warm and you start spending more time under the sun. However, this is also a concern for pets, because they may not have the protection they need from ultraviolet rays. Dogs that have short coats are prone to sunburns, and all animals can develop skin cancer just like their owners. That being said, you don’t have to wait for the worst to happen. Here are some tips for staying safe, whether you spend your summer camping in the woods or splashing around the pool with your dog.

1. Utilize sunscreen. Just like Hartz® UltraGuard Pro® Flea & Tick Treatment for Dogs and Puppies, which can be applied to the coat of a dog to prevent fleas, ticks and mosquitoes, there are topical remedies for sun protection available as well. Animal Planet recommends visiting your local pet store to find dog-designed sunscreen to keep your animal shielded from the sun. This will give you peace of mind in addition to knowing that your dog is also protected from parasites.

2. Identify your dog’s sensitive areas. There tends to be thinner skin around the ears and muzzle of dogs, and Country Living magazine recommends focusing on these areas when applying sunscreen. Doing so can prevent painful burns.

3. Know your breed. Depending on your type of dog, your pet may be more susceptible to sunburns than you think. For instance, breeds with thinner coats are more likely to soak up rays than others. Be mindful of this as you have fun with your dog outside. If you want to play it safe, limit the amount of time you spend under direct sunlight. In the end, your dog will thank you!

This content is provided by the flea treatment experts at Hartz. We offer flea sprays, shampoos and drops to keep your pets safe inside and outside your home.