Did You Know that Pets Can Wear Sunscreen?

Protect Your Dog with Canine Sunscreen and a Pet Door

can pets wear sunscreenAs you plan more outdoor time with your four-legged family members this summer, it is important to think about how to protect them from the sun’s harsh rays. Like humans, dogs and cats are also susceptible to sunburn and skin cancer. Those with lighter or white fur and hairless breeds are especially vulnerable. Yes, pets can wear sunscreen but be careful what you apply!

How to Select Sunscreen for Your Pets

General sunscreen products are not safe to use on your pooch or feline. Products for humans typically contain zinc oxide which is toxic if ingested by your pets. Here are some tips on how to purchase the right sunblock for your canines and cats.

  • Read the label: Check for zinc and for any warnings about using the product on your pet.
  • Look for a pet-specific sunscreen: These do not pose a risk to your furry friend. If you have trouble finding it, look for one that is made for babies or individuals with sensitive skin and has a SPF of 15 or higher. Ensure that it does not contain zinc. To be safe, check with your vet before applying it.
  • Do a test: Apply it to a small area on your pet’s body and watch for any skin reaction or change in behavior. If it does not appear suitable, try protective clothing designed to block the ultraviolet rays.
  • Apply it only to the exposed areas: Parts of the body such as the nose, tips of the ears, around the lips, the groin and the belly need protection with sunscreen. Avoid getting it in their eyes. Sunscreen wipes and sprays might be easier to apply than a cream or stick. 

Limit Sun Exposure with a Good Quality Pet Door

The best way to protect your pets from the UV rays is to limit their time during the harshest period of the day. Make sure they have a shady area in the backyard or can come back into the house through a pet door as they like. This will help keep them safe from the heat.

At A1 On Track Sliding Door., we offer a selection of quality pet doors in standard and custom sizes to meet your needs. Our energy-efficient products have advanced security features and are easily installed in your existing sliding glass door panel. Count on our mobile team to provide prompt installation and repair services. For over 28 years, Bay Area homeowners have relied on our first-class doors and service. Read these testimonials from our customers.

Ask our friendly and knowledgeable team for more information about pets and sunscreen.

Call 408-866-0267 today to schedule an appointment for pet door installation. If it slides, we’ll make it glide.