It's been one of the hottest summers on record here in Australia and we want to take care of our pets the best way we can. That means Sun Cream, shade and water. Many pet parents may be surprised to learn that their pets need sun protection too just as they do. Of course, pets have natural protection from their fur, but that doesn’t mean they can’t get burnt. As you know, sunburns can be painful, and they can also increase your pet’s risk of cancer, so we need to be mindful of this, especially during summer. 

Things you need to know:

  • Don’t use pet products containing Zinc Oxide. It’s a common ingredient in sunscreens, but unfortunately, it can be toxic to dogs if they eat it because of the zinc. Check the label before you apply.
  • Make sure your pup always has access to fresh water and always try to provide shade.
  • You don’t need to cover your dog in sunscreen all over, just in the areas that will be exposed to the sun. Their hair doesn’t need protection.
  • Our Sun Cream is perfect for animals that have light-coloured noses, thin or missing fur, or that just like to sunbake upside down exposing their bellies.

Here are some top tips for all animal lovers and pet owners from the RSPCA Queensland to take care of your pet this season:

  • All pets should have an ample supply of shelter and water and do not tether your dog in the backyard
  • Never exercise your pet during the heat of the day. Sunrise and sunset are the best times to take your dog for a walk in summer and steer clear of hot bitumen.
  • Don’t leave your pet unattended in a car or on a ute!
  • Watch for signs of heatstroke in your pet! Flat faced dogs (Brachycephalic breeds) are more susceptible.
  • Don’t forget our wildlife! Leave extra containers of water out for birds and smaller animals.
  • If you see an animal in distress contact RSPCA Queensland's Animal Emergency Hotline: 1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625).

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