We have a 16-week-old brown sproodle who has lovely floppy ears. When she runs, which she does a lot, her ears flop over and stay in an upside-down position, exposing skin with very little fur. Should I be applying sunblock? And if so, can I use human fragrance-free sunscreen? What factor?
Sunburn and then, later, skin cancer is common in pets following exposure to sunlight of hairless, unpigmented, thin-skinned areas. Ear tips and noses, especially of cats, are most commonly affected, and need daily application of sunblock. Dogs are less prone, but hairless areas of unpigmented skin still need protection.
一本道理不卡一二三区You can buy proprietary pet sun cream, but it’s safe to use waterproof high factor (over 30 SPF) sunblock designed for children, applied every morning if exposure to sunshine is expected. However, as a brown dog, your sproodle has natural protective pigment in the skin so this should not be needed.
I am getting a new puppy in a few weeks. I want him to use a crate but appreciate crate training needs to be done slowly, with a lot of positive reinforcement, which will no doubt take a while. So where should the puppy sleep until this can be done?
一本道理不卡一二三区The pup should sleep in the crate from the start. Equip it with super-comfy bedding. Use his natural sleeping times to place him in the crate from the beginning, repeating a training phrase (like “into bed”) and giving him a treat.
Pups are fast learners and he’ll understand almost at once. Create an end-of-day routine for him before bed, with a short walk, repeating the “into bed” command and treat as he goes into his crate. Put a quiet radio beside him for company and he should be fine.
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