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Sun Facts for Dogz

FACT: ALL dogs can get Skin cancer

Certain breeds of dogs are more susceptible to sun damage. There are three main types of skin cancer in dogs. In general, dogs with short coats (especially those with light skin) are most susceptible, though tumors are most commonly seen in Boxers, and are also found with some frequency in Boston Terriers, Labrador Retrievers, Beagles, and Schnauzers.

Extreme care needs to be given to at-risk dogs. These are dogs that have recently had their fur clipped short, and to dogs with pre-existing medical conditions.

Sun damage often mimics other skin diseases. First signs of damage can look like red, purple or black dots. A tumor could look like a bug bite. Or it could be on the pads of the feet and appear to be an infection.

Don’t wait – get to your vet and have an exam.  A biopsy will let you know exactly what is going on.  Remember – sun burn can occur in as little as 30 minutes.

Better yet, prevent skin cancer before it happens. Keep your dogs out of the sun, protect them in the shade, or use a canine rash-guard shirt.