Pass me the factor ca-nine! New doggy sunblock aims to prevent pet skin cancer
Dogs are just as likely to get skin cancer as humans
Products are all SPF 15…and scented with coconut and vanilla
06:56 GMT, 27 June 2012
We all know how damaging the sun's powerful ultraviolet rays can be to our skin, and how important it is to lather up in suncream in order to avoid the risk of skin cancer.
But what about the threats the sun can pose to our four-legged friends
Research shows that dogs are just as likely as humans to get skin cancer, and that a third of all tumours in canines are sun-related.
But since our suncream contains a chemical that is toxic to dogs there has never been a solution to the problem, short of keeping pets indoors during summer months. Until now.
Not in the eyes! Petkin's sunscreen for dogs comes in wipe, spray and stick form, making even those hard-to-reach muzzle spots easy to coat
An American pet-care company has developed a range of canine-friendly sunblocks which prevent sunburn, each carrying a UV-busting strength equivalent to a human suncream of factor 15.
The three-piece range, made by Petkin, comprises sunwipes, a sunstick – useful for reaching vulnerable areas like the muzzle, nose and ears, which burn most easily – and a sunmist, which can be used anywhere on a dog's body and is most effective on light-coloured and short-haired dogs.
All products – which also work on cats – are non-greasy, non-sticky, and scented with vanilla and coconut.
Paul Pugh, marketing director of Petkin distributors
Sharples 'n' Grant, said: 'Dogs, like us, can get skin cancer, and if you
look online there is a lot of research into this.
'A third of all tumours in dogs are sun-related, so we thought there needed to be something to protect against it.'
Lather up: Harvey the English Bulldog prepares to have special canine sunscreen administered by conscientious two-year-old Angel Canning
Explaining that human sunscreen is toxic to dogs if they lick it off, Mr Pugh continued: 'It is important to
use sun protection on dogs because the risk of them damaging their
health due to the sun exposure is quite high – it’s the same as humans.
may argue that fur protects a dog from sun damage, but you have to also
think that humans have a full head of hair and still get skin cancer.
'It affects short-haired breeds more than long-haired breeds, but both varieties are at risk.
'You apply the products just as you would to a person as the lotions impregnate the fur and seep down to the skin.'
Missed a spot: Research shows that dogs are just as likely to get skin cancer as humans are, with short-haired breeds slightly more at risk than long-haired ones
Tanning time: 'The fastest, most convenient way to protect your dog from the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays whenever they're outdoors'
Three-piece set: Petkin sunscreen comes as a mist, a stick or wipes
Petkin products will be available to purchase in Britain in two weeks, with the sunwipes costing 3.99, the sunmist 6.99 and the sunstick 5.99.