Causes and Effects of Ozone Depletion

Posted: July 29th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Health, News, SUNSCREEN EDUCATION | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

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Ozone depletion is considered as one of the most serious environmental threats today. Ozone layer is the protective covering of the earth’s atmosphere that prevents the ultra violet radiations, popularly called UV radiations from entering the earth. The UV radiations cause a lot of health problems and are not environmental friendly also. These harmful radiations cause different types of cancer and also affect the eyes on prolonged exposure.

The protective layer of ozone is formed by the chemical reaction of the UV photons with oxygen molecules present in the atmosphere. The ozone are regenerated and destroyed by photolysis and therefore the level is balanced.

In the later years of 1970s, scientists noticed the first signs of depletion of this important protective layer. Based on research reports, it was found that there was an increase in the levels of certain free radicals which resulted in this depletion. When the chlorofluorocarbons reached the level of stratosphere they release chlorine on reacting with the UV radiation which, in turn, reacts with ozone and ends up forming chlorine monoxide. Hence there is depletion in the number of ozone molecules due to this chemical reaction.

When the ozone molecules reach the atmospheric layer, it is considered as a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming. At the same time, it offers the benefit of synthesizing Vitamin D.

Ozone depletion not only affects the human beings, but is also harmful to plants and animals. Cyanobacteria which are important for rice yields and Phytoplankton, important for the marine species are affected by this depletion.

This is more of a reason to make sure you are always protected from the UV rays from the Sun, since the ozone layer is becoming depleted more and more. As a result, it is not nearly as effective in regards to providing its own protection. Please protect yourself and stay healthy.


The ABCs of Sun Protection for Children

Posted: July 22nd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Advice, CHILDREN, FAMILIES, Health, SUNSCREEN EDUCATION | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

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Sun Protection for children is important because skin cancer in children is becoming more common in our society. Obviously it’s important for parents to take charge of skin protection because obviously we can’t expect children to know the difference between SPF 30 and SPF 50. Skin cancer accounts for 4% of pediatric malignancies, the journal said. The good news is that 90% of all skin cancer is preventable.

Several factors determine a child’s propensity for skin problems from sun exposure. These include skin color, eye color, tendency to freckle and family history. But perhaps the most important factor is how much unprotected sun exposure a child has in early life. That’s why skin protection is so important. The damage will show up for them in later life and by then it’s too late.

We had said this many times in the past, but damage from the sun comes from overexposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun. This problem will only get worse with time as Global Warming and the depletion of the ozone layer will allow more and more harmful UV rays through. That means that the job that SPF 30 sunscreen did when you were a child might not be enough in years to come.

According to recent studies, the Earth’s ozone layer has dropped 6% between 1983 and 1993. And it’s thought that every 1% drop translates into a 1% to 5% increase in skin cancer. This is why sun protection and sunscreen of SPF 30 and above is so important.

How to protect children? A good place to start for sun protection is the UV index that is published daily in many newspapers. If you can’t find it there, Google for it. Here are the rating levels and suggested sun protection actions:

1-2 (low) use sunglasses

3-5 (medium) use sunglasses and sunscreen

6-7 (high) use sunglasses, sunscreen and hat

8-10 (very high) use sunglasses, sunscreen, hat and stay in shade

11+ (extreme) use sunglasses, sunscreen, hats and stay in shade all day

Apply enough sunscreen

A lot of people are stingy with the sunscreen. Pros recommend applying ½ to 1 ounce at a time for a child. For sprays, spray liberally

Use broad-spectrum sunscreens – this will be on the front of the sunscreen packaging and insures protection from UVA (aging) & UVB (burning) rays

Keep your teens away from tanning salons

The use of these parlors is a growing concern. Many teenagers don’t realize these tanning booth require sun protection and proper SPF rated creams.

Reapply often, “don’t be shy to reapply” says Co-founder Jeff Kletter of KINeSYS Performance sunscreen.

You have heard this before, but its true that sunscreen should be reapplied to insure proper sun protection, particularly after swimming. A rule of thumb should be every 2 -3 hours of exposure

Get into a routine

This is the only way to make sun protection work on a long-term basis. You are busy and so is your kid. That means you should set aside a time everyday in the morning to apply sunscreen. This means both you and you child. Parents need sun protection also, using the appropriate SPF rated product and children learn from their parents


How you End Up with Skin Sun Spots

Posted: July 15th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Advice, CHILDREN, FAMILIES, Health, SUNSCREEN EDUCATION | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

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Sun spots, which is technically called hyperpigmentation is the result of your pigment-manufacturing cells being shoved into a hard level of activity by external factors such as sun exposure or sometimes internal factor such as the hormonal changes in your body. However, any variety of hyperpigmentation is aggravated substantially by sun exposure. Whether your sun spots are disseminated or concentrated, hyperpigmentation is more easily controlled than removed. Sometimes, the best answer to this condition is to hide skin sun spots by blending and lightening.

Melanin is the source of your skin’s color. Some people come to this world with extra melanin cells than other people and as a result, have a greater occurrence of problematic pigmentation. The more melanin cells you have, the more pigmentation you will encounter. Exposure to the sun, heat, wounds and hormonal shifts contribute to the production of melanin. Skin discoloration may not be evident immediately since melanin cells creeps their way very gradually to the surface of the skin. The tan that many people who dont use proper sun protection get is actually the body’s way of protecting their skin to cell damage. Eventually, too much exposure to the sun can bring about mottled appearance and dark spots.

Even when it comes to benign effects from sun exposure such as hyperpigmentation, this creates further inconvenience and is another reason to limit the amount of time spent out in the Sun.

The good news is, make up can effectively hide skin sun spots, such as foundation. Foundation can hide skin sun spots by smoothing and flattening the texture and tone of your skin. You should choose a foundation that complements well with your skin complexion. If you have an oily skin, an oil-free foundation is better suited for your skin while an oil-based foundation works well for people with dry skin. A water-based foundation is good for all types of skin while a water-free foundation is specially created to be impervious and exceptionally long-lasting.

However, as noted previously, hyperpigmentation may be benign but is an inconvenience caused mostly by too much sun exposure. Protect yourself and your skin in everyway by wearing your sun screen, your hats, your protective clothing and stay in the shade!


UV Apparel- Not all Clothing is Sun Safe

Posted: July 8th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Advice, CHILDREN, FAMILIES, Health, SUNSCREEN EDUCATION | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

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What’s the best way to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays (UVR), given that we need to work, travel, and sometimes play outside? Clothing is the most basic and generally the best means of sun protection. Not all clothing is equal, however, and some of it isn’t actually very good at protecting us. So, what makes a piece of clothing sun-safe?

The sun damage done to every exposed part of your body is cumulative over your lifetime, continually adding to your risks of premature skin aging and skin cancer. So, to put it simply, the more skin you cover, the better. A long-sleeved shirt covers more skin than a T-shirt, especially if it has a high neckline or collar that shields the back of the neck; long pants cover more skin than shorts. A wide-brimmed hat protects more of the face than a baseball cap, and close-fitting wraparound sunglasses protect more of the area around the eyes than small lenses do. Cover up.

Of course, you can have clothing over every square inch of your body, but if the sun goes right through it, it’s not much use. Fabrics are made of tiny fibers woven or knitted together. Under a microscope, we can see lots of spaces between the fibers; UV can pass directly through these holes to reach the skin. The tighter the knit or weave, the smaller the holes and the less UV can get through. Twill, used to make tweeds or denim, is an example of a tightly woven fabric. Open weave fabrics provide much less protection.

Fabrics can be made from many types of fibers, including cotton, wool, and nylon. Most fibers naturally absorb some UV radiation, and some have elastic threads that pull the fibers tightly together, reducing the spaces between the holes. Synthetic fibers such as polyester, lycra, nylon, and acrylic are more protective than bleached cottons, and shiny or lustrous semi-synthetic fabrics like rayon reflect more UV than do matte ones, such as linen, which tend to absorb rather than reflect UV. Finally, consider the fabric’s weight and density — light, sheer silk gauze will provide far less UV protection than heavy cotton denim.

Here are some key tips for buying and staying sun-safe with clothing:

1 Buy garments that suit your purpose. You don’t need a heavy work shirt for the beach, but a longsleeved, tightly woven linen shirt can be both cool and sun-smart.
2 If you are buying elastic garments like leggings, make sure you purchase the right size — overstretching will lower the UPF rating.
3 Look for garments with a UPF of at least 30 so that you know you’re getting effective sun protection.
4 Choose garments that cover more skin—there’s no point in a high-UPF bikini. Instead, consider a rash guard or swim shirt. Made of lightweight, elastic materials like spandex, these athletic tops will cover your upper body without weighing you down. You can also have beach skirts or sarongs ready for when you leave the water.
5 Wash new garments made from cotton or cotton blends two or three times at least. This can often permanently raise the UPF rating due to shrinkage of the spaces between the fibers.
6 Select wide-brimmed hats (at least 3” in diameter) that shade your face, neck and ears.
7 When outdoors, seek out shaded areas under awnings or trees and minimize your time in the direct sun.
8 Be aware that UV light can bounce off surfaces such as water, snow and glass, hitting your skin twice and increasing the intensity of exposure.
9 Use UV-filtering sunglasses and sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 for everyday incidental exposure and 30 or higher for extended exposure. Apply sunscreen on all exposed areas — clothing can’t cover everything.5
Remember, sun-protective clothing doesn’t have to be boring: it can be light and bright and fashionable and fun. And when chosen and used correctly, it’s the best form of sun protection you can find.

DR. PETER GIES is Senior Research Scientist, Ultraviolet Radiation Section, Non Ionizing Radiation Branch, Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency. Key focuses for Dr. Gies are measurement of ultraviolet radiation (UVR), including solar UVR; hazard assessment of UVR sources; assessment of protective measures (sunglasses, hats, clothing, materials, car windows and sunscreens); and personal exposure studies of various population groups using polysulphone film dosimetry and time-stamped electronic UV dosimeters. Dr. Gies is a member of Standards Australia committees on Sunglasses and Fashion Spectacles, Sunscreens, Sun Protective Clothing, and Solaria. Formerly Chairman of the Commission Internationale d‘Eclairage Technical Committee TC 6-29 “UV Protection and Clothing,” he has authored more than 115 scientific publications.
ALAN MCLENNAN is Senior Technical Officer in the Ultraviolet Protection Factor Testing Service at the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency.

References
1 CIE (International Commission on Illumination) Technical report. UV protection and clothing. CIE 172:2006 CIE Central Bureau, Vienna, Austria, 2006.
2 Osterwalder U, Schlenker W, Rohwer H, et al. Facts and fiction on ultraviolet protection by clothing. Radiat Prot Dosimetry 2000; 91(1):255–259.
3 Gies P. Photoprotection by clothing. Photodermatol Photoimmunol Photomed 2007; 23:264-274.
4 Standards Australia/Standards New Zealand. Sun protective clothing—evaluation and classification. AS/NZS 4399. 1996; Standards Australia, Sydney and Standards New Zealand, Wellington.
Diffey BL. Sunscreens: expectation and realization. Photodermatol Photoimmunol Photomed 2009; 25:233-236.


Sun Protection and Water Sports

Posted: June 26th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Advice, CHILDREN, FAMILIES, Health, SPORTS, SUNSCREEN EDUCATION | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

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More and more people are vacationing at the beach and participating in water sports all the time. Whether you are surfing, canoeing, swimming or fishing, you are exposed to the Sun. In fact, there has been a marked change in clothing and swimwear ranging from dark wool pantaloons, hats, and shirts to the monokini of the 1970s. As awareness about the damaging effects of the sun’s radiation has grown, there has been a trend to venture back to swimwear that covers more than it exposes.
New styles of sun protective swimwear are reminiscent of sportswear with swim shirts or modern day rash guards that provide full coverage of the torso and arms. Swim shorts that offer protection for the legs are also available. These swimwear designs are made snug, not loose nor tight. Olympic swimmers are adopting more skin coverage in their swimsuits, and while their choices are dictated by suits that are technically designed for speed, wearing more fabric is now more fashionable.

The new sun protective swimwear and even daily wear is made of special fabrics that offer UVR protection rates of up to 98%. Fabric blends like nylon-Lycra allow the swimwear to stretch and recover with ease and offer high levels of comfort and freedom of movement to the wearer. Fabrics are tested, and most reputable manufacturers will provide swimwear at certified UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) ratings of 50+. A tighter weave in these fabrics also works to block UVR, as do darker colors. The resulting swimwear is protective and breathable, offering the best option for fun in the sun.

While sun protective swimwear provides the highest levels of protection from UVR while on the beach, it is important to remember to protect the other exposed parts of your body like your hands, feet, head, and neck. This is where broad-brimmed hats, Broad Sprectrum SPF sunscreen, and sunglasses will be needed. Always remember to use sunscreen of at least SPF 30 on all exposed parts of your body. Sunglasses also have a rating to indicate to you how well they protect against the sun, so opt for a pair with an EPF of 10, which is the highest rating for sunglasses.

Taking sun protection measures is the only way you can protect yourself against skin cancer. The threat of the sun’s radiation is very real, but you do not have to become a victim of skin cancer. Learning about how to protect yourself is the first step toward a safer future for your skin. Stay safe and enjoy the water and sun.


Keeping Your Lips Safe from the Sun’s UV Rays

Posted: June 17th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Advice, CHILDREN, FAMILIES, Health, SUNSCREEN EDUCATION | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

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With all of the education you are receiving on how dangerous UV rays are, you know to wear your sunscreen, sun glasses, protective clothing and you even do what you can to seek shade. On the natural side, your skin contains oil that protects it from drying out and from extreme temperatures, but again you know of the risks if you expose your skin to the sun too much. However, your lips contain none of those oils to protect it and that is why they bleed so easily.

Due to that alone, you need to protect your lips from the suns harmful UV rays. Products with SPF will help protect your lip against UV rays, keeping your lips always healthy.

How to protect your lips from Sun

Protecting your lips from the sun is really easy. Best way to provide protection against sunlight for your lips to apply a lipstick or a tinted lip balm that contains sunscreen. Lip balm not only protects your lips from burning, the moisture will help to avoid chap and dryness. The SPF number tells you how much longer you can stay outside without burning while wearing the sunscreen product as opposed to not wearing any sun protection product, example: An SPF 15 means that this will take your lips 15 times than they would without the sunscreen

Wear lip balm with a minimum SPF 30 for you and your baby.

At KINeSYS, we offer a powerful product that not only protects the lips, but the ears, the nose and the back of the neck. Its the SPF 30 Sun Protection Stick and it will keep those sensitive areas safe.

Apply liberally 20 minutes prior to exposure to sun and wind. Re-apply every two hours to maximize protection. Re-apply to lips after eating or drinking. As with all sunscreens, vigorous exercise may also result in wiping and therefore reapplication may be required to maximize protection.

Since allergy is a concern, KINeSYS SPF 30 Sun Protection Stick contains no parabens, preservatives, nanoparticles, nuts, nut oil, gluten, dairy, egg, soy, sulphites or colorants. Keep your lips and other sensitive areas of your body safe from the harmful UV rays from the Sun.


The Dangers of Tanning Beds

Posted: June 10th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Advice, FAMILIES, Health, SUNSCREEN EDUCATION | Tags: , , | 2 Comments »

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The next time you have an urge to go to the tanning salon, you may want to rethink that. Research has discovered that the main kind of ultraviolet rays in tanning beds reach a deeper layer of skin even more vulnerable to cancer causing changes. Cumulative damage like this brings signs of aging… lax skin, brown spots, wrinkles, not to mention melanoma.

What people, especially young people, need to understand is that whether you get your tan from the beach, a tanning bed, or incidental exposure, that glowing brown color a signal of skin cell damage.

There was a study conducted that involved 12 participants exposed to both UVA1 (rays from tanning beds) and UVB rays. Even though UVB waves were exposed shorter, both doses used in the study were equal to that used for tanning in both of the two spectrums.

The UVA1 rays caused more damage to the deeper basal skin layer than UVB light, and caused more lesions known as thymine dimers in this region.

The interesting fact was that UVB rays brought a large number of these type of lesions overall, but they weren’t as deep into the skin, and are thought less likely to bring the changes that come with skin cancer.

Tanning indoors has been likened to smoking for the skin, not only because of the increased risk of skin cancer but also in terms of aging prematurally.

It is possible that you may have seen ads for tanning salons that suggest time spent in tanning can help increase the body’s natural production of vitamin D, the so called sunshine vitamin. And while vitamin D is so good for you, you don’t need a tanning session to get it. Go see the post on how to get vitamin D from various sources that does not include the sun.

A few moments of natural sunlight a few times each week is all it takes to get the vitamin D you need. It is important to remember that people can burn using tanning beds, and both the levels of UVA1 and UVB you get are poisonous.

Teenagers are especially at risk. Of course kids this age feel immortal, but the truth is they aren’t, even though aging and skin cancer seem so far away. It’s important for young people to realize that melanoma doesn’t just effect of old people. It can be growing and spreading without you feeling sick, in a patch of skin you might not even notice.

Industry spokespeople point out that the latest study looks at ultraviolet radiation. UVA1 comes from the sun as well. That means that being outside exposed to sunshine and indoor tanning offer identical risks and benefits, as long as you don’t burn the skin. There is no research that has found exposure to the sun (or a tanning bed) without burning causes cancer.

Experts believe the sun protection products on the market today need regulation – it’s also critical for consumers, particularly young women, to be educated about the tanning bed dangers associated with indoor UVA tanning.


Sun Protection for Athletes

Posted: June 3rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Advice, Health, SPORTS, SUNSCREEN EDUCATION | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

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Athletes have a lower incidence of disease, except one- which is higher in athletes- Skin Cancer. Due to the prolonged exposure to the sun while preparing and training whether they are runners, cyclists, triathletes, skiers or others- they all spend a great deal of time in the Sun. Over time, the exposure to the rays of the sun will cause damage to the skin and this damage can possibly be severe. Sunscreen for athletes is highly recommended because while the athletes are training their bodies, they need to be aware of the damage that can be done to their skin. And by the way, this includes skiers- don’t be fooled that the Sun’s rays are absent due to it being winter. The Sun’s rays are strong regardless of the time of year plus the reflection from the snow gives you a double whammy.

Unprotected exposure cause many different types of damage beyond sunburn. When sunburn occurs, the skin has essentially been burnt by the ultra-violet rays and will turn red. Most often, the redness of the sunburn will go away after a few days. The more serious cases of sunburn may cause blisters and eventually skin that is peeling. Sunscreen for athletes helps by protecting the skin from a large amount of the sun’s UV rays.

The other form of damage that can occur to the skin from repeated exposure to the skin is skin cancer and different types of melanomas. These are more serious conditions and can have disastrous effects. Skin cancer can be all over the body or, more commonly, it will be concentrated on specific areas of the body. In these areas, the skin will need to be treated and these treatments can be very serious and rough on the body.

There are creams, lotions and sprays. All of these sunscreens claim to do the same basic function but there are some that are better than others. The more that the sunscreen offers, the better off the skin will be for the long haul. KINeSYS Performance sunscreens provides sunscreen that is ideal for athletes and please go to our website http://www.kinesys.com. What is a Performance sunscreen you ask- one that protects from the Broad Spectrum UV rays, is oil, alcohol, paba, preservative and paraben free with topical anti-oxidant Vitamin E to scavenge free radicals. Performance also means it is water & sweat resistant, hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, cruelty free and vegan. The skin is the largest organ on the body and treatment of the skin needs to reflect that to make sure the skin is as healthy as it can be.


Sun Protection and the Aging Population

Posted: May 27th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Advice, FAMILIES, Health, SUNSCREEN EDUCATION | Tags: , , | No Comments »

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The summer is great for many of us, as it gives us a chance to become reacquainted with the great outdoors after months of sitting at home. Camping and beach trips are great for most involved, but two particular sects need to be paid careful attention. The first is babies and children. We even covered the importance of keeping our pets safe from the Sun. But many times the one group that is frequently overlooked is our elderly.

It’s easy to think of these folks as being able to handle what they used to, but despite their age and wisdom, we must be prepared to step in and avert any of the possible unique risks which summer might present. The most common dangers usually revolve around the sun.

The heat from the Sun can wreak havoc on senior citizens, as represented by the amount of stories about many elders living in non cooled areas during this time. It’s important to ensure our seniors get plenty of time in air conditioned rooms so they don’t suffer from heat stroke.

Heat stroke is one of the leading causes of death for seniors. The best way to prevent this is to stay indoors during the sun’s afternoon peak. If they need to work outside, then they should take plenty of breaks and be sure to drink plenty of fluids, even if not thirsty. Sunscreen and protective clothing should also be utilized as a precaution.

Since the majority of seniors likely have some damaged skin due to sun exposure from previous years, they are even more likely to face complications from melanoma. It is extremely important that they stay careful.

Another important factor to note for seniors that are on medication is to make sure that whatever medication they are taking, it doesn’t make them more sensitive to sunlight as some drugs can create that kind of sensitivity. In that case, they need to be extra careful when it comes to sun exposure.

We tend to worry about our kids, ourselves and our pets when it comes to the sun, but let’s not forget that our elderly need a lot of protection too.


Your Pets Need Sun Protection Too!

Posted: May 21st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Advice, FAMILIES, Health, SUNSCREEN EDUCATION | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Most of us realize that spending too much time in the Sun is detrimental to our health. And what many of us don’t realize that is too much sun exposure for our pets is just as dangerous so we need to take the exact same precautions for our dogs and cats.

IIt is your responsibility as a pet owner to make sure you protect your pet as you would a member of your family. However, don’t use human products to protect your pets. Some ingredients are toxic to dogs such as zinc which is used in many human products is toxic to dogs and causes GI problems and anemia.

Dogs and cats also suffer from sunburns, skin irritations, skin cancers, heat stroke and dehydration as well as sore and burnt feet and especially noses. Some easy sun care tips can help you keep even the most active pet healthier when exposed to the sun.

Dogs and cats with thin hair coats, light-colored noses, and white fur are most at risk from sun exposure. Pets with white fur or areas with white fur where the coat is thinner are also at risk. All dogs are at risk in areas of the body with less fur, such as the groin and belly. If Fido or your cat likes to lie in the sun on his or her back, you should give him or her a slather of sunscreen on the belly specially made for pets.

A dog’s nose is highly sensitive and can become very painful when their tissues are dry, chapped or cracked. A natural nose balm for dogs has nourishing, healing and moisturizing ingredients. The soothing balm can be applied to a dog’s nose as a preventative measure for dryness or cracking or it can be used to treat painful cracking and dryness that has already occurred. It’s like chapstik for dogs!

Another method of sun protection is covering them up or keeping them in the shade. An idea for camping or the beach is a little pup tent that will fit in a small space along with everything else that was packed, will set up in minutes, and will provide much needed shade where nature didn’t provide. Light, wet towels are great to drape on them when they’re still and when you’re on the go a light beach or sun suit will block the UV rays.

When we get overheated running around in hot weather, we often put a wet towel around our necks. And when our dogs get hot, we often do the same for them hoping it will help them in the high heat. Better to dampen their paws. It’s the paws that help a dog release heat, so dip those pads in cool (but not cold) water for a quick pick up. You can even rub the paws with an alcohol wipe in a pinch, and the wipes are easy to carry on walks and hikes in your pocket.

The sun is not only harmful to their skin but also can cause damage to their eyes. A dog hat protects your dog’s sensitive areas of the face from sun’s damage. Or for the more adventurous, dress your pup in Doggles. These cool looking sunglasses have a deep lens cup, flexible frame, and wider nose bridge and comfy head strap. They have 100% UV protection, are shatterproof and are antifog. In fact, vets recommend them.

Think about the fact that your pets feet are bare while walking on the hot surface. That becomes very painful. If your dog swims a lot or has wet feet for a good period of time, it softens up his paws and makes hot pavement dangerous. Small dogs and cats should be carried over hot pavement and for larger dogs there are beach booties, some are disposable. Walking long distances on pavement or sand is not good for dogs in the summer. Try to stay on the grass as much as possible. If their paws do get burnt you can apply a paw balm which will reduce the chances of burns and injuries from heat, cold or rocky terrain.

And often with the strong sun comes the high heat. Way too many pets die each year from ignorant owners leaving their pet confined in cars and other places when the heat is dangerously high. Pets at risk for heat stroke include those with a dense hair coat such as the golden Retrievers, Border Collies, and Chows, etc. or ANY pet in direct sunlight for longer than 30 minutes when the temperature is greater than 90F. Make sure you always have water and bowl on hand and try to stay out of the sun between the hours of 10:00 and 4:00. Make sure you limit the amount of time you spend in direct sun to 15 to 30 minutes for those dogs easiest to burn and heat stroke. By the way, direct sunlight includes lounging on the inside of the porch glass door.

Always make sure when it gets above 85 degrees, be careful when exercising your dog outdoors. For most dogs, moderate activity for 30 minutes is good. But when the temps exceed 95 degrees, it’s probably best for both of you to leave out the outdoor exercises until it cools down. Try to go for walks or jogs either early in the day or evening, or try to stay on shaded trails.

When your dog start’s to have fast or labored breathing, starts to refuse walking, or acts unhappy, your dog may be overheating. When this happens you should stop, rest, give your dog water and find a cooler place. Mostly just do for them what you would do for yourself. Keep your pets safe from the sun, as well as yourself!puppy-in-garden-1442627-m


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