Animals with light colored noses, or those with short or no fur need sun protection.
Most pets have almost no fur around their groin, inside legs and belly. UV rays can reflect off of snow, water and concrete and burn your pet.
Other pets are beach bums and like to laze around, belly up, under the sun. That's super cute, but also dangerous.
If you're going to use people sunscreen on your pet, make sure it's fragrance free, non-staining and between SPF 15 and 30.
Do NOT use sunscreens on pets that have: Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Zinc, Octyl Salicylate, Homosalate and Benzophenone-3.
If your pet tends to lick, as almost all pets do, you should buy a non-toxic pet sunscreen.
Also, remember to reapply every 4-6 hours or after a long time in the water.
So get out there with your pet and go have some safe summer fun in the sun.
[Image via Richard Bartz/Munich Makro Freak/Wikimedia Commons.]