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How to protect your pooch from the sun

Sun protection


Life is fun under the sun, but do not forget pets need to wear sunscreen when exposed to UV light in summer for long periods.


Pay attention to areas of scarce hair such as the bridge of the nose, ear tips, groins and any area where hair is missing or skin is pink.


The sunscreen should be

·        Fragrance free

·        Nonstaining

·        contain UVA and UVB barriers similar to SPF 15 or SPF 30 for humans.


Protective ingredient to look for:

·        Methoxy cinnamate

·        Octyl Salicylate *

·        Homosalate

·        Benzophenone-3.


*Salicylate products should not be used on cats.


There are several products in the market labelled for pets, but baby sunscreen is also acceptable to use, only on those animals that are not likely to lick it.


Remember to apply a generous amount (1 tablespoon for each treated area). Repeat the application every 4-6 hrs.


Note: SPF labelling is not permitted in products marketed for use on pets, because the FDA has not established a test to determine SPF values in pets.

Always consult your friendly Vet for more information and advice. If you have any questions, you would like to ask our Paws & Co.’s Vet, please send it to –

Written by

Silvana Conillo BVSc

Owner of SC Veterinary Ultrasounds



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