Beach-Ready Rover: Does My Dog Need Sunscreen? 

We all know that wearing sunscreen protects us from sunburn, skin cancer, sunspots, and more. But because our pets are covered in fur, many of us assume that they do not need sun protection. In fact, they do!

This time of year heralds plenty of outdoor fun, which includes spending time in the backyard, poolside, hiking, and other outdoor spots. The team at Beverly Hills Veterinary Associates is here to answer the question, “Does my dog need sunscreen?” 

Why Does a Dog Need Sunscreen?

Most pets require protection from the sun. Even heavy coated breeds need to be shaded from the UV and hot times of day.

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Feline Facts: Cat Separation Anxiety In An Anxious Age

You’re packing a suitcase in preparation for a trip. Ordinarily, your cat might ignore or observe you from a distance, but in this moment the pink paws and twitchy whiskers are all over your clothes and toiletries. Sure, this could simply be a display of feline curiosity, but it could also mean that they know change is afoot. 

Cats will stop at almost nothing to figure out how to get their lives back to normal. Cat separation anxiety can also be triggered by less obvious events, like a change in your (and their) daily schedule, and it can cause significant challenges for cats and their people alike. 

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Some cats feel downright disturbed by their owner’s departures or changes in schedule, and show it by trying to block exits. Similarly, they may greet their person with absolute exuberance whenever they arrive home, no matter if it’s been 5 minutes or 5 hours. 

The bottom line is, cat separation anxiety occurs when a deeply bonded feline fears their own solitude.

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Dealing With Post-Lockdown Pet Separation Anxiety

Regardless of everyone’s personal opinions on the statewide stay-at-home order here in Michigan, there’s one subset of the population that has no problems with it: our pets. Although their routines have been disrupted and some may be getting more attention than they need, pets by and large are thrilled to have their owners around all day.

Whether you’ve had your pet for years or they were adopted during the pandemic, eventually there will come a time when your life will go back to normal (if it hasn’t already) and their life will change.

If your pet has been used to you being around 24/7, you may wind up with a case of pet separation anxiety on your hands. 

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