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Surf and Turf Issue

• Older pets often have many years of sun exposure under their pelts, which could explain why many pets develop skin issues between the ages of 6 and 11. • Pets with white, yellow and light gray coats (and those of any color that sport a shaved look in warmer months) also have less light protection than their darker cousins. damage defense To protect pink, thinning or hairless skin on your pet, I like sun shirts. These tight-fitting stretchy outfits turn heads while turning away harmful UVL. If you’re spending the day at the lake or beach, they’re must-have garments for summer safety. If sunscreens are more your thing, ask your veterinarian to recommend a pet-friendly salve (or check out the sidebar for my picks). Never use products with zinc oxide, which is toxic to pets. In a pinch you can try baby-safe, zinc oxide-free lotions or sprays two to three times a day with reapplication after swimming. Apply liberally, paying close attention to the underside, ears and snout. An old-fashioned umbrella is also a great idea for a beach or boat day. We often carry a baby pop-up beach tent as a retreat for our dogs when they need a break from the rays. apply sunscreen to: SNOUT EARS UNDERSIDE While you’re shielding the skin, don’t overlook the eyes. Eyelids, irises and even the retina are all sensitive to sunlight. Veterinarians are diagnosing skin cancers of the eyes more frequently, and they are among the most challenging cancers to cure. And while most cataracts in pets are caused by diabetes or genetics, many veterinarians are becoming concerned that they could be caused by long-term sun exposure, as well. Visors and protective goggles are a good idea if your dog is spending significant time in the sun over many summer days. One of my long-time patients "works" on a sailboat during the summer alongside his pet parents and sports a sun shirt and goggles every day. Très à la mode! shine on Sunlight warms our bodies and souls. Outdoor adventures bond us with each other and our pets in ways nothing else can. Relish the rays; embrace the sun’s energy. Explore and experience the joys of long days spent under the sun safely with your pet. Emerson encouraged us to live in the sunshine — and that includes our furrY familY members. Stock up on pet-friendly protective products so your four-legged family member can enjoy a place in the sun. Sun shirts: • PlayaPup Sun Protective Shirts (UPF 50+), $19-$29, www.playapup.com • K9 Top Coat™ Lycra Bodysuit, $58.50 and up, www.k9topcoat.com Sunscreen: • Epi-Pet™ Sun Protector Sunscreen, $17.95, www.epi-pet.com • Coola® Pet Sunscreen Spray, $18, www.coolasuncare.com • Banana Boat® Baby Spray Sunscreen SPF 50, $7.42, www.walmart.com Goggles & Visors: • Doggles®, $19.99, www.drsfostersmith.com • K9 Kool Hats, $16.95 and up, www.k9koolhats.com


Surf and Turf Issue
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