Does my pet need sunscreen?

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NaturalHealthMag.com

Dogs with little or lightcolored hair or visible pink skin (e.g., on the nose, ears or belly) should wear sunscreen on those areas when outside during warmer months, says Patrick Mahaney, V.M.D., C.V.A., of California Pet Acupuncture and Wellness, Inc. Choose a petspecific product free of toxic salicylates and zinc oxide, as Fido may lick the lotion off; Epi-Pet Sun Protector Sunscreen ($18 for 4 ounces; epipet. com) is the only one to meet the FDA’s safety standards for dogs.

As for felines, white cats are especially susceptible to skin cancer, so keep them inside and out of direct exposure in the middle of the day, when the sun’s rays are strongest.