Seeing a pet snoozing near a window in a puddle of sunshine is one of the joys of being a pet owner. However, napping in the sun can be dangerous for your pet, even though it is indoors. If you want your pet to live the longest, healthiest life it can, this guide will explain the sun exposure dangers and how you can protect them.
UV and Skin Damage
Pets, like humans, are at a risk for becoming sunburned. While owners may not think about pets getting sunburns, their fur doesn't make them invulnerable. Unfortunately, repeated exposure to the sun can increase pets' risk for skin cancer, and being indoors won't necessarily protect them.
Normal glass windows only filter out UVB rays, which are responsible for sunburns and superficial skin damage on humans and pets. Unfortunately, glass does little to nothing to block UVA rays, which are responsible for deeper skin damage and increasing the risk of cancer. Considering that UVA rays make up about 95% of the radiation that makes it to the planet's surface, you don't want your pet's skin to be over-exposed to those rays.
Pets' eyes are also at risk when they spend too much time in the sunlight. Unfortunately, excessive UV radiation can actually increase your pet's risk of developing blindness later in life. While some companies make sunglasses for dogs to wear outdoors, it's not practical to make them wear sunglasses all the time. Furthermore, there's nothing you can really do to block a cat's eyes from the sun.
Pale and Hairless Pets
Is your pet white, pale, albino, or hairless? If so, they're at an even greater risk when they're sleeping in that puddle of sunshine. Without hair and pigment to protect them, UV radiation will penetrate more easily and more deeply into their entire body. Darker pets and black pets aren't immune, but they won't be harmed as quickly as paler pets.
What to Do
Simply closing your shades is one way to prevent your pets from soaking up too much sun, but that's not fair to them. The sunlight feels good, especially if your pet isn't allowed to go outdoors.
Instead, consider having your windows treated to be UV resistant, or have new windows installed with UV-resistant glass. UV-filtering glass restricts the amount of UV radiation that can pass through, but generally don't have a very dark tint to them. In essence, your pet can still enjoy their sunshine, but without the harmful side of it that can hurt them.
Pets should be allowed to enjoy their time in the sun without the risk of health hazards later in life. Thankfully, with UV-resistant glass, your pet can have their day in the sun without any danger.Share
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