September 18, 2009, Newsletter Issue #35: Preventing Skin Cancer in Pets

Tip of the Week

You've heard about pets getting skin cancer and you are concerned about your sun loving pet's health. Is preventing skin cancer in pets something you can do?

Pets with very little hair have a bigger tendency to develop skin cancer, just like fair skinned people who don't protect themselves from the sun. This means that your sweet little white Toy Poodle with an elaborate cut that leaves most of its skin bare has a greater risk of developing cancer than your big, hairy St. Bernard.

To prevent skin cancer in pets, you should:

Avoid leaving pets outside in direct sun for long periods of time. Put a t-shirt or coat on a pet with short hair to add another layer of protection.

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