Summer Fun in the Sun with Your Dog


Summer Fun in the Sun – Safety Tips


Ahhh.  Summer and the living is easy.  Be sure to remember safety tips for your pets though.
Did you know that your pets can get sunburned?  The most vulnerable areas are nose, ears, area around the mouth, belly and foot pads. If they are light skinned and spend much time out of doors, you may want to use a sunscreen developed especially for dogs.  Certain breeds of dogs  ( bassett hounds, boxers, bull mastiffs, Chinese crested dogs, Norwegian elkhounds, Scottish terriers, Weimaraners, and white poodles) are more susceptible to skin cancer. Light skinned dogs or those with thin fur or shaved coats are at increased risk. The only approved sunscreen for dogs is Epi-Pet Sun Protector Sunscreen Spray.  Check out their website for further information: http://www.totalpetsupply.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/site.epi-pet
Note:  This sunscreen is not safe for cats.  Human sunscreens are also unsafe for all pets.

So what else can you do to protect your pets from sun damage? First of all, limit his time outdoors between the hours of 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM. Consider lightweight clothing with a built in SPF. If your pet is out of doors provide plenty of shade from trees or man made sun shades. These sail covers (http://www.mightycovers.com/Shade-Sail-Cover.htm) remind us of the ones on the BoardWalk at Myrtle Beach. Always provide plenty of cold fresh water.  We prefer doggie play pools or tin tubs for this purpose.  Be sure to remember the doggie sun goggles too.  For those we recommend Doggles http://shop.doggles.com/.

Dogs need life jackets when boating too.  We love the above photo of Daisy Mae going on a canoe ride with Daddy.  She was a little unsure about this adventure but she surely was safe.

Author:  Beth Leatherman Harwell

Dog Walkers & More at Coddle  Creek, LLC

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About coddlecreekpetservices

Billy and Beth Harwell own and operate Dog Walkers & More at Coddle Creek, LLC, a pet sitting service located in Mooresville, NC. We provide peace of mind for pet parents when they must be away. We service pet families in Mooresville, Davidson, Cornelius and Mount Ulla, NC, Our two Springers, Luke &; Trooper, assisted by the able Brittany, Daisy do their best to keep us in line. We frequently share memories of our late Beau, a wonderful Brittany. Beth writes about the pet-human bond. Please visit our website for details about our services and check out our social media sites for loads of fun. Thanks for stopping by.
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