April 16th, 2012
Can Dogs Get Sunburned?
Posted by F&S
Martha really takes care of her skin and one thing she always does is protect it from the harmful rays of the sun. We, Frenchies, with fur covering our skin, are somewhat better protected than humans but, we can also get sunburned from overexposure. We don’t worry too much about G.K. because he has that thick mane of fur. Besides, in the warm months, he pretty much lies around where it’s cool and shady.
1 Ah, spring is here and it's finally nice enough to sit outside and enjoy the warm rays of the sun! How I love being a basking hound!
2 Sharkey, did you know that sunshine actually makes you happy by boosting seratonin levels in the body? One reason many people get seasonal depression in winter is because of the lack of sunlight!
3 Don't you want to bask in the warm spring sun with me? Come get your daily dose of Vitamin D!
4 Franny, as beneficial as the sun is, it's best taken in moderation! Many people don't realize that dogs can get sunburned just like people! And we Frenchies, being a short haired breed, are especially susceptible.
5 And just like fair-skinned people, who burn easily, fair-haired Frenchies, like myself, can burn easily, too! It's best for me to try and avoid direct sunlight!
6 Ah, this partially shady spot is a nice compromise! Francesca, come join me!
7 I guess you're right, Sharkey. You should watch your sun exposure, especially since you have light colored fur. Dark colors attract more heat than light colors, but also block more UV rays.
8 Sharkey, the grass smells so sweet! And look at all of the flowers springing up in those beds!
9 Francesca, maybe I should invest in some sunscreen! Did you know they make special dog-friendly sunscreen? It doesn't contain things like zinc, which can be harmful if ingested!
10 Francesca? Oh, I guess the explorer in you has taken over! I'll just enjoy this spot all by myself!
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