Dog Sunburn – Protect your Pekingese from those Harmful Rays

 


Dog sunburn. Yes, you read it right. Sunburn is not for humans only and every pet parent should know that. We may call them ‘dog days of summer’ and may represent fun under the sun but it can also be harmful to them as it is to us, humans.

Over the past 30 years or so, a notable increased interest on education and products readily available in order to protect humans from the said sunburn. The increased knowledge about the various forms of skin cancer and how to protect oneself from getting it.

Now at the new era, the skin care attention focuses on our beloved pets. While creatures, or those who have a naturally thin or those who get a hair cut are more sensitive to the sun and may suffer from certain ailments like skin cancer and sunburn.

Dog Sunburn – Protect your Pekingese from those Harmful Rays

Dog Sunburn

There are a few natural remedies available that can help both ease the pain and heal the burn.

Aloe Vera – One of nature’s best sunburn treatments. You can either use the gel from an aloe vera plant or buy an aloe vera cream.
Witch Hazel – A natural astringent that can soothe inflamed skin. Just use a cotton ball to apply witch hazel to affected areas several times a day.
Vitamin E – An antioxidant that can help with healing the burn, while preventing or reducing scarring.
Sunburn; it’s not just an outdoor problem.
Don’t assume your dog is safe if he always stays indoors. The UV rays from the sun can be just as damaging for the dog who enjoys laying in the sunbeam that comes streaming in through his favorite window.

Source: Environmental Graffiti, http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/pets/news-dogs-need-protection-sun-too by mshaw2268

Dealing with Doggy Sunburn

  • Prevent it. Like how the old saying goes, prevention is better than cure. When playing under the heat of the sun apply sunscreen (SPF 15 and above) to areas that are sensitive to the UV rays. Areas like the bridge of his nose, tips of his ears, groin area, underbelly and inside of the legs. Also, be mindful that the sunscreen that you are using doesn’t contain PABA which is dangerous for our pets.
  • Provide shade. If you can’t keep him indoors, then at least give him shade especially between 10am-3pm when it is the peak sun hours.
  • Cool bath. Give him a 20-minute long cool bath if he happens to sunbathe too much. You can also try mixing his bath with baking soda or oatmeal products in order to aid in easing the itchiness and pain that is associated with sunburn.
  • Use Witchhazel. Apply his burned areas with witchhazel after bath. A withchhazel is a strong antioxidant and astringent from the bark and leaves of, obviously, witchhazel plant.
  • Aloe Vera. Apply 100% aloe vera gel if you don’t have the plant itself unto his sunburn. Aloe Vera is very safe and non-toxic.
  • Antibiotics. In case his burn becomes severe and has open sores already, apply topical antibiotics on it.

Another dog sunburn prevention technique is covering him up with your own t-shirt or any shirt (if he doesn’t have one) in order to cover a large portion of his exposed skin. Also know that doggy sunburn can be aggravated if there is a pre-existing skin disease.

How do you handle your pekingese during the sunny days? A breed like them is not advisable to be put outdoors, they are very prone to heat stroke.

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