We are all aware about the dangers of excessive UV rays. While we know to protect ourselves, do we need to worry about our dogs too?
Dogs with little or no pigmentation, dogs with thin coats, and dogs with certain pre-existing conditions are at particular risk.
The most vulnerable parts are the ears, nose, skin around the eyes, the back and bellies for those who enjoy basking in the sun on their backs.
Breeds particularly susceptible are The Dogo Argentino breed, White Bulldogs, Dalmatians, Boxers, Whippets and Beagles and, of course, hairless breeds, depending on their skin pigmentation.
Any illnesses or genetic defects resulting in a thin coat also make skin more sensitive to sunburn.
These can include parasitic infections, chronic skin conditions or congenital hairlessness.
Particular caution needs to be taken with dogs suffering from autoimmune skin diseases, where exposure to sunlight can worsen the condition (such as Discoid Lupus Erythematosus).
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