How to prevent sunburn this summer
The sun's out, and it looks like we are in for a nice Spring!
We are very aware that we need to use sun cream on ourselves and our children, but we often forget that animals need protection from UVA and UVB rays too, even in the UK.
Most animals tend to spend a lot of time outside, especially in the hot summer months. Along with sunstroke, sunburn is one of the greatest hazards for animals and it is important to take precaution.
Although all dogs and other pets can suffer from sunburn, pale-coloured animals with thinner coats and pink skin tend to be more vulnerable; in particular their ears, noses and thinly haired areas such as their tummies.
It is better to protect your pet's delicate skin prior to sun exposure to prevent damage from occurring.
Signs of sunburn include:
- Red and dry/cracked skin that can be sensitive to touch
- Curling at the edge of their ears
- Scratching and whimpering
- In severe cases your dog can develop a slight fever
3 types of dog sunburn:
- Superficial partial thickness burns: this impacts the top layer of skin, causing the skin to go red but no blisters.
- Deep partial thickness burns: as well as the top layer this can impact some deeper layers- not typically blistering but can be compared to second-degree burns in humans.
- Full thickness burns: these burns are very painful and may need veterinary care as they affect all of the dog's skin layers and potentially the tissue immediately underneath.
It is important to remember that sunlight can be damaging to some horses throughout year, although horses that live out during the summer months are most at risk.
The most affected areas on the horse that you need to take extra precaution are the areas with non-pigmented patches and less hair, such as the face and heels.
In most cases sunburn will lead to occasional discomfort, redness and peeling, however repeated damage can lead to long term problems, such as Keratosis- the thickening and scaling on the surface of skin which can sometimes result in skin cancer (Squamous cell carcinoma).
With all animals it is important to provide them with plenty of shaded areas and to avoid going outside in the hottest times of the day. It is also a good idea to protect your pet with sunscreen; Lillidale's Sunblock is a mineral powder that acts as a barrier to UVA and UVB rays and is suitable for your dogs, horses and most pets! The powder does not get absorbed and therefore does not have to be re-applied as often. It is water resistant, so you do not have to worry every time your horse or dog has a drink or licks their nose.
Lillidale's Sunblock provides the protection your pet needs to enable them to enjoy the sunshine without you needing to worry.
We have received some fantastic feedback from our customers:
- We have been using this sunblock on our group of youngsters during really hot spells and it has been amazing! So easy to apply and stays on with great coverage, the foals used to absolutely hate the suncream bottle and it was a constant battle but they really don't mind this powder as it has no smell and doesn't feel cold/sticky on their noses. Such a relief to know that they won't get burnt as they are out 24/7 Fran Coles
- Been using it all summer! It's excellent, put it on the horses every night so it's ready for the next day. Hasn't let me down yet Zoe King
- I brought some of this at the Norfolk show for my flyball playing Collies - have never been so impressed with a sunblock product. Days of fighting and her trying to lick it off the minute I put it on are over. This is an amazing product, and as long as I have animals, and you are selling it, this is all I will be buying. Outstanding stuff!" Vanessa Stevens
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