Protect Pets From The Sun’s Powerful Rays

Protecting your pet from the sun is wise, If they have thin coats or a pale nose it is a must to protect them from the damaging effects of the sun’s powerful rays. Like humans, the sun can cause skin cancer on pets too. 

It is always best to keep pets out of the mid-day summer sun, but if you can’t please don’t use just any old sunscreen. Make sure it is non toxic (for pets).  Some sun protection cream will contain zinc. Zinc Oxide is toxic to dogs, It kills red blood cells causing anemia. Another ingredient used is a form of salicylate. Salicylates are toxic to cats and can be fatal.
Many veterinarians recommend Bullfrog sunscreen and this seems to be the number one choice for pets. 
Please read manufacturers labels while shopping.


Other choices are shade producing fabrics that can be hung or placed over your kennel. Make sure it doesn’t allow the sun rays to penetrate through. One well known brand is Sunbrella. this product can be found online in patio furniture stores, Lowes and Home Depot. And can be purchased by the yard online or in your local fabric store.


Doggles will protect the eyes and there are several hats on the market with a good visor.

This blog was Inspired from reading The Skinny on Sunscreen by Dr. Ann Hohenhaus, a practicing veterinarian for 25 years, is board-certified in both oncology and internal medicine. She maintains her clinical practice at The Animal Medical Center in New York City, providing primary care to her long-term patients and specialty care to pets with cancer and blood disorders.