PDSA is urging pet owners to keep their animals safe in the sun, after revealing its vets treated 29 skin cancer cases in a year.

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Not only humans need protection from the sun, warn PDSA vets.

The charity’s pet hospitals saw the cases between summer 2014 and 2015, the overwhelming majority of which were cats. The charity also treated dozens of cats and dogs for sunburn.

With temperatures on the rise, the charity’s vets are warning it’s not only humans who need protection from the sun.

Basic precautions

In preparation for Sun Awareness Week (9-15 May), PDSA vet Vicki Larkham-Jones stressed the dangers of sun exposure to pets.

She said: “Most people are aware of the risks of sunburn, heat stroke and skin cancer in people, but most owners are unaware our pets face the same dangers. Our statistics show we treat a number of pets each year suffering from these conditions.

“Light coloured pets and those with thin coats, such as whippets and cats with white ears and noses, are at highest risk as they have less natural protection against UV radiation from the sun.

“With a little more awareness and some basic precautions, we can keep our pets safer in sunny weather.

“Plus, thanks to funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, we’re able to reach more pet owners with this potentially life-saving advice.”

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