06-15-2010 02:45 PM
Temperatures are going to be in the mid- 90's all week here in Atlanta (seems way too early). I feel sorry for pets who are miserable and helpless in this heat. I just read that in addition to heat stroke, dogs and cats can actually get sunburned...never knew.
It's actually not a bad idea to keep an eye on the tops of your pet's ears, lips, and nose and applying sunscreen isn't as crazy as it sounds. According to Novartis Animal Health, there below are a few other things you can do to help keep your pet safe in the heat:
- Protect your fair-haired pet. Just like people with pale white skin, dogs and cats with lighter-colored fur are at greater risk for getting sunburned.
- Keep your pet in the shade during peak sun hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).
- Get your pet to a veterinarian if he starts looking like a tomato.
06-15-2010 03:38 PM
Not a bad idea to put sunscreen on the dog's ears and nose. Thank you for reminding me about that.
My friend had a boxer who's nose was badly sunburned. It was painful looking!
08-29-2012 06:15 AM
Just wanted to add, please please don't leave your pet in a car, even when its just warm, without leaving ALL the windows open for air flow through and a bowl of water for them to get at if they need it.