Pets, especially those with short coats, can get sunburned. Before you reach for your personal favorite SPF, get the facts on the two toxic ingredients hiding in conventional human sunscreens.

1. Zinc Oxide


2. Salicylates


How can you keep pets safe from the sun?

Using pet-safe sunscreen is a great place to start. You can also have your pet wear a t-shirt to cover up and avoid the sun between 10am-2pm. Want more info on keeping your pet safe from the sun? Watch the full episode of Ask Dr. Andy below for helpful tips.


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