Friday, July 21, 2006

Hot Dog: Pets At Risk For Sunburn?

SAN DIEGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The Dog Days of Summer are here and that means your pooch will be spending plenty of time out in the sun – and potentially getting burned.

San Diego-based animal dermatologist David Stromerg says most dogs have little risk of getting burned but owners should still use caution when letting them outside – especially pooches that are albino or have very thin, white fur.

He says its fine to use over-the-counter sunblock spray on your mutt and that there are special doggie sunblocks made especially for man’s best friend as well.

Dogs aren’t the only ones at risk – white cats and horses can also burn if their owner’s not careful.

If your fried furry friend does turn pink, Stromerg suggests avoiding putting aloe vera lotion on them and make them tough it out because the gel doesn’t have much effect since dog skin doesn’t peel like humans.

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