Cancer is the leading cause of death in dogs over 10 years of age. In fact, it’s estimated that one in four dogs will develop cancer at some point in their life and nearly half will pass away from cancer after the age of ten. But, there are things we can do to reduce the likelihood of certain types of cancer. Today, we’re going to take a look at how we can protect our pets skin from melanoma.

Just like us, our dog’s skin is their largest organ. This makes skin cancers one of the easiest forms of cancer to catch and treat. Skin cancer, or Melanoma, affects pigmented cells known as melanocytes. Because dogs usually enjoy a lot of time in the sun, it’s important to protect our pets from dangerous UV rays. This is especially true for hairless dogs or dogs with white fur. There are a few simple ways we can do this…

How To Protect Your Dog From Cancer

Shade

The easiest way to protect your pets is to provide them plenty of shade year-round. Plant a few shade trees or install a shade sail for your dogs while they’re outdoors. During the hot summer days, you’ll appreciate the extra protection as well!

Clothing

If your dog is susceptible to skin cancer but loves to lie in sunbeams, it may be time to utilize some 21st century technology in the form of sun shirts. These types of lightweight, sun protective shirts are available for any sized dog and offer a UPF of 50+. They will help protect even the largest dog on UV-warning days! For dogs that spend a lot of time on boats or on the beach, protective goggles can help protect your pet’s eyes from the sun and sand. A simple act of

Sunscreen

Never use “human sunscreen” on pets. Our chemically-laden sunscreen can create serious problems for pets as they react to products differently than we do. Instead, use a sunscreen designed specifically for pets. Epi-Pet is one of the better known and more effective sunscreens for pets.

Window treatments

For dogs who love to lie in windows, sunshine can be particularly harmful as the windows act to magnify the sun’s UV light. Consider installing solar window film on your sun-facing windows at home and in the car. These types of UV blocking window tints are easy to install and will not only help protect your pet, but reduce your cooling bills each month. As a bonus, they provide additional privacy for the family as the mirror-effect is reversed at night since the interior will be exposed to more light than the exterior.

Skin Checks

Remember to check your dog often for any unusual darkening of skin, tumors or other unusual skin activity. In fact, it’s important to check yourself and your entire family each day. If you’re not sure how to do that, this adorable dog and cat offer a short tutorial.

There are many types of cancer your dog may be contract. But, environment factors are the one thing we can control to reduce the likelihood of them developing skin cancer.

Remember to check your dog often for any unusual darkening of skin, tumors or other unusual skin activity. In fact, it’s important to check yourself and your entire family each day. If you’re not sure how to do that, this adorable dog and cat offer a short tutorial.