PROTECT YOUR PETS FROM THE SUN
The most common forms of skin cancers that are found in humans: melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma are also found in pets.
Melanomas occur more frequently in dogs than cats.
The most dangerous melanomas occur in their mouths on the gums and where the nail meets the toes.
Good news! Just like humans veterinarians can usually treat skin cancer if it is spotted.
Ways to prevent skin cancer in our furry friends:
GET SHADY - Provide a shaded area for animals when they are outside. Remember heat radiates from asphalt, concrete and sand. Delicate paws are sensitive to hot surfaces.
SUIT UP - For pets with light colored or thin hair protective sun gear blocks the sun’s harmful UV radiation. Look for gear with SPF for the best protection.
STAY COOL AND LOOK COOL WITH SHADES - Dog sunglasses or Doggles are puppy proof and offer 100% UV protection .
SLATHER ON SUNSCREEN- Dog-safe sunscreen is now available. Never use human products on your pet Apply to areas with thin or no hair for the best protection.