Can dogs and cats get sunburn?
Yes, our pets can get sunburn just like we can, though some are much more prone than others. Most at risk from the damage caused by ultraviolet rays are:
The sparsely-haired areas are most commonly affected, with the ears and nose in cats, and the groin and tummy in dogs particularly at risk.
Can sunburn cause cancer in pets?
Repeated sunburn is not only painful for your pet but increases the chance of skin cancer developing. Even without obvious sunburn, exposure to sunlight is a risk factor for squamous cell carcinoma in white cats.
Signs to watch for on exposed areas – again, especially on the nose and tips of the ear – include redness, crusting, weeping, or the appearance of a wound that won’t heal.
How do you prevent pets from getting sunburn?
As always, prevention is better than cure:
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If you are concerned your pet may have suffered from sunburn or may have signs of skin cancer, seek veterinary assessment with your primary care practice or book a video consultation with our online team at Vet on the Net.