Dog days of summer can cause sunburn in pets

05/14/2012 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

It is possible for animals to become sunburned, but wild ones usually manage to evade direct sunlight by burrowing, going into deeper water or otherwise limiting direct exposure to sunlight, depending on the species, says Wildlife Conservation Society chief veterinarian Paul Calle. Dogs and cats with thin hair coats, exposed patches of skin or lightly pigmented skin are more susceptible to sunburn, which can lead to skin cancer.

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