Most people know how helpful and destructive the sun can be. Too much sun exposure can lead to skin problems, eye injuries, and early signs of aging. If you have a pet, you know that the sun’s ultraviolet radiation can also bring them harm. Even when staying indoors, UV rays can enter the house and cause all the same effects to you, your family, and pets. If you are looking for ways to protect your household—particularly your pets—here are some tips you can explore.
Pets at Risk
All pets, regardless of colour, breed, and size, are at risk of sun damage. However, some pets have a higher chance. These are light-skinned pets, those with short, shaved, or no hair at all. Those with underlying health conditions are especially at risk. If your pet belongs to any of the categories mentioned, make sure to provide them with extra protection.
Tip 1: Apply a Pet-Friendly Sunscreen
Like humans, dogs, cats, and other pets are also prone to skin cancer, sunburns, and other skin issues. If you want to give them added protection, you can find a safe sunscreen specifically meant for animals as recommended and approved by your veterinarian. In fact, you should consult with them first to know what product is best. There are particular pet sunscreens that are safe even if they lick them.
Apply the sunscreen when the sun is the strongest (usually between 10 am to 2 pm) and reapply throughout the day. Make sure to apply the sunscreen to exposed areas, such as the face, ears, lips, belly, and groin. Read through the product instructions and follow them appropriately.
Tip 2: Let Them Wear Protection
Protective clothing is another way you can increase their resistance to UV rays. Whether you plan to go out or stay indoors, it is best if you limit your exposure to the sun. For example, there are dog shirts, rash guards, or safety jackets with UPF protection. Coverage is one way to lessen direct exposure to UV rays. The most important thing to remember, though, is not to force your pet to wear anything that could cause them irritation or discomfort.
Tip 3: Avoid Going Out During the Sun’s Peak Hours
You can also prevent skin damage to your pets to avoid the sun when it is intense. It depends on your location, but the sun’s heat peaks from 10 am to 4 pm. Avoid going outdoors during these hours, and consider scheduling your dog’s activities around it, especially during summertime.
Tip 4: Install Solar Window Film at Home
During peak sunny hours, your pet should stay indoors. However, UV rays are still present everywhere. The best thing you can do to limit exposure to them is by installing window tint film at home. Window film works by still letting in the light inside your home but with less heat and harmful rays. They also block up to 99% of harmful UV rays, depending on the type of window film you get. Aside from protecting you and your pet, it could also help protect your furnishings.
Pets are family, and they have health concerns too. They can get hurt, be dehydrated, and get sunburnt without the ability to voice their concerns. Whether it is summertime, autumn, or wintertime, UV rays do not go away. Make sure you also do your part as a fur parent and keep your pets protected always.
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