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Posts for tag: Dogs

By Emily Gottstein, PA-C
March 16, 2016
Category: Sun Protection
Tags: Dogs   skin cancer   zinc oxide   pets   animals  

Just like humans, our furry pets can get skin cancer too! It is important to protect our pets from UV rays, especially if they spend a lot of time outdoors. If your dog is like mine, he loves to bask in the rays of the sun! You apply sunscreen to yourself so, why wouldn't you want to protect your best friend also! I've done some research and found some tips that may help ful to you and your dog:

  • Always have a shady place outside where your dog can lay and escape from direct sunlight.
  • Sunscreen for pets does exist! Your dog needs sunscreen to areas that are exposed like his ears, nose, groin and belly or in any area where he may be losing hair. You can find pet specific sunscreen on the internet or you can ask your veterinarian.
  • Dog hair is protective but not if it isn't there, so don't shave your dog in the summer.
  • DON'T use zinc oxide sunscreen on your pet. It's great for humans but it can be toxic if ingested by animals!
  • If your dog is sensitive to sunscreen, you can find dog or pet specific sun protective clothing.

Horses and other animals with minimal hair are susceptible to sunburns and skin cancer as well.

By Emily Gottstein, RPA-C
May 28, 2013
Category: Melanoma
Tags: Dogs  

I recently had a patient that asked me, can dogs get skin cancer? Thanks to a recent publication by the Skin Cancer Foundation, I was able to answer this question. Dogs can get skin cancer too! It is more common for a dog to get a Melanoma than a Basal Cell or Squamous Cell Carcinoma. However, all are possible. Just like humans, heredity plays a role in the development of Melanoma in dogs. Darker haired dogs are more likely to develop melanoma, while light-haired dogs are more likely to develop Basal Cell or Squamous Cell Carcinoma. You can take steps to protect your dog from the sun by giving him a shady place to rest when outside. You can even buy sun protective clothing or doggie sunscreen at your local pet store. Don't forget to apply sunblock on yourself too! Of course, regular check-ups at the Dermatologist and Veteranarian can help prevent or catch skin cancers in early stages on you and your dog!

For more details, you can check out the article here: http://www.skincancer.org/publications/sun-and-skin-news/summer-2013-30-2/dogs



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