Can animals get sunburnt - and what can be done to avoid it?
Although animals have their own natural protection from the sun's rays, they can still get sunburned under certain circumstances. Many people don't realize that animals can also experience sunburn, especially those with thin or light pink skin, little or no fur, or who spend a lot of time outdoors. Animals such as dogs and cats are particularly vulnerable. To prevent animals from getting sunburned, it's important to take some precautions. Keeping them in the shade when the sun is at its strongest, or offering them sun-protective clothing or headgear can be effective measures. In addition, sunscreen specially formulated for animals should be applied to the most exposed areas such as the tip of the nose, ears and belly. It's also important to make sure animals have plenty of access to fresh water to avoid dehydration. By taking these simple steps, pet owners can help protect their animals from sunburn and keep them healthy and comfortable in sunny environments.
Who is most at risk?
When it comes to which animals are most susceptible to sunburn, some are more vulnerable than others. Animals with light skin or low pigmentation, such as white cats, dogs with light coat colors, and animals with pink or bare areas on their skin, are particularly at risk. These animals have less natural protection from the sun's harmful rays. In addition, animals with thin or short fur are more vulnerable than those with thicker and longer fur. It is important to be aware of these factors and take extra precautions to protect these vulnerable animals from sunburn and potential health problems that can arise from excessive exposure to the sun.
High factor neutral creams
At A-Vet, we sell sunscreen for dogs called Sunner Skin from Dr. Baddaky, which is used during UV exposure to prevent damage from the sun's UV rays. You can also use other sunscreens for your dog, preferably neutral creams with a high factor. Apply a thin layer to the skin before going out in the sun. Repeat the treatment several times during the day. Remember especially the bridge of the nose, ears and where there is little fur
Do not delay treatment
Do you suspect that your animal is sunburnt? Contact us and we'll help you with advice and the right treatment.
33 13 98 40
Elisabeth is a veterinarian and certified ophthalmologist specialising in eye surgery, with further training in internal medicine, general surgery, oral surgery and ultrasound from the European School for Advanced Veterinary Studies in Toulouse.