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Do dogs get sunburn and how to protect them

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Most people love basking in the sun and with all the information about skin cancer, consider protection from the rays. Just as you are prone to sun and skin damage, so is your dogs (and cats for that matter.) The UV rays can harm them as well. You need to contact your local Rockford-area veterinarian as listed below or one closest to your home regarding proper sun protection for your pets.

Pets do get sunburn, especially those with sparse fur, light colored noses, no fur or white in color. Sunburn to them can lead to skin damage, ulcerated skin and possibly even cancer. The most prone areas for sunburn on a pet are the nose, ears, belly, groin, around the mouth and any area where the fur is very thin.

Only you as the pet owner can protect your pet from sun damage. Avoid excessive exposure to sun during peak hours between 10 am and 4 pm; encourage shady areas for your dog and provide sunscreen to those that are especially prone to the rays of the sun.

If using a sunscreen, do not use the types provided for humans. If a pet licks it off, it can be toxic for the animal. Check with your larger local pet supply stores for a vet-approved sunscreen or talk to your doctor for specific advice on what to use for your dog. If you ever notice any type of lesion on your pet, do not hesitate to get it checked to ensure safety from the perils of the sun's rays.

Most dogs, especially the smaller breeds find great comfort in laying under the sun's rays which is fine when not at the peak hours and for long periods of time. If your dog takes great pleasure in sunbathing, ensure it is safe and the pet protected.

If you are looking for wholesome, natural and homemade treats for your favorite canine best friend, Led foot’s Pet Bakery near the Rockford area is happy to meet your needs. Check out the website at Ledfoot Bakery. Contact Susan Weitzel at 815 784-6358, Ledfoot Bakery Contact.

If you are seeking Veterinary assistance in the Rockford area, you can check out one of these at - Rockford Vet Clinics, Bellwood Vet, Rockford Veterinarians, Perryville Veterinarian , Cat Veterinarians Specialists

For all your pets needs and accessories in the Rockford area, go to your local PETCO - 6305 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 229-0184 - Petco or your local PETSMART - 6320 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 397-7880 - Petsmart -Petland, (815) 332-4200 - Petland

For many of your pet essentials, visit your local Rockford-area CVS pharmacies. There are four convenient locations - 3134 11th Street, Rockford, IL 61109, (815)398-0048 - 110 S Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61108 - 3718 Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103, (815)877-9620 - 2454 S. Alpine Rd., Rockford, IL 61108, (815)399-5421 - CVS Pharmacy

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