Posted by Ros Connors

New warning about the dangers of pet sunburn this summer

This year is set to be one of the hottest on record as climate change continues to increase global temperatures.

As a result, this Sun Awareness Week (2nd – 9th May), Cats Protection, the UK’s leading feline charity, is offering advice on how to protect pets from cancerous sunburn.

White and pale-coloured cats in particular don’t have a pigment called melanin in their skin, which is what protects humans from sunlight.

This can leave them vulnerable to sun damage, usually around the ears, caused by the sun’s ultraviolet rays, increasing their risk of skin damage and cancer.

Ros spoke to Sarah Elliot, central veterinary officer at Cats Protection and cat owner Jordan Holmes.

Photo by Erik-Jan Leusink on Unsplash

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