Dog Days in the Sun

Juliet Farmer
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Photo by Juliet Farmer

Spring is here, the sun is out, and my dog practically demands sunbathing time.

But, like any animal in the sun, she is susceptible to skin cancer. While I don't go so far as to put a sun hat and sun glasses on her, I do try to limit her exposure to before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m., when the rays are less intense.

Photo by Avalon Organics

I also dab a little baby sunscreen on the tip of her nose, where her fur doesn't quite meet her snout (I use Avalon Organics Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 18 from my local Co-op.)

I usually give in mid-morning and let her soak up some rays for about half an hour before I round her up and bring her back inside.

I swear, she never looks happier than when her fur is being warmed by the sun and she's sprawled out in the grass in my backyard.

Does your pet like to sunbathe?

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