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Practicing sun safety with your dog

Published: Jul 03, 2012

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Before you head out in the sun with your family, you probably slather on the sunscreen and make sure there is plenty to reapply later. If your dog is going to be accompanying you out into the sunshine this summer, it is important to consider protection from harmful UV rays for him, too.

According to Dogster Magazine, there are several ways to prevent and treat sunburns on your dog. One preventative measure you can take is to skip shaving your dog this summer. Some owners consider shaving a necessary aspect of dog grooming, especially in the summer, but by doing so you are taking away one of the only protective barriers the dog has for his skin. Instead of shaving, the magazine recommends thinning out your dog's coat by regularly brushing him to remove any loose hairs from the undercoat.

If you must shave your dog or cut its coat short for the summer months, try to do it before the temperature rises too much, so enough fur grows back in time to protect its skin, VCA Animal Hospitals reports.

Generally, it is a good idea to make sure there is a source of shade for your dog if you are outside together. This can also keep him cool and prevent heatstroke. If your dog does get sunburned, you can treat this type of pain in dogs by giving him a bath with cool water and gentle, soap-free shampoo, Dogster recommends. 


General Practice

We have over 540 animal hospitals in 41 states that are staffed by more than 2,000 fully qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 200 being board-certified specialists. The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments*: Wellness, Spay/neuter, Advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), Internal medicine, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Cardiology, Neurology, Boarding, Grooming

*services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

We have twenty-eight specialty hospitals across the US so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, check with a local animal hospital emergency clinic.