Skin problems caused by overexposure to the sun not only affect humans. Like us, animals need some extra care in summer. C AES and cats may also have skin cancer . Generally, the lesions occur in areas without at, as in the belly, on the edge of the ears, nose and around the eyes, especially in depigmented skin (pink).
Thus, the occurrence is higher in whites and bright animals – even those who are not albinos – as well as dogs and cats nose, lip, cushions (pads of the fingers) and pink belly. And sses animals should not sunbathe , but if exposure is unavoidable you need to use sunscreen in risk areas.
For this, there are already on the market sunscreens made especially for pets , which are bitter to prevent the animal remove the product with the language. Now in summer the sun care intensifies. In addition to skin cancer heat can take the animals to hyperthermia and death. So we should always avoid the hottest times of the day by excessive heat and visor greater exposure to sunlight.
Solar cell carcinoma in White Cats:
White cats or light color are more susceptible to squamous cell carcinoma ( solar cell carcinoma ) in areas with little by or who are chronically exposed to sunlight. The area affected most common in cats is the tip of the ear. This disease occurs in older cats and can become evident in spring and summer, when sun exposure is greatest.
The most comun symptoms are:
– Redness of the tip of the ear (likely to be the first symptom)
– take the loss and peeling of the skin on the tip of the ear
– lesion that does not heal.
If you look at these clinical signs recommend a small skin biopsy to differentiate precancerous actinic dermatitis squamous cell carcinoma.
Effective early treatment of precancerous lesions can prevent the appearance of squamous cell carcinoma.
Caring for your cat or dog pink skin:
– Restriction sun exposure especially in summer.
– Use sunscreen and water resistant with a sun protection factor (SPF) 15 or more applied to the ear tips twice a day
Surgical removal of squamous cell carcinoma of the ear tip is most effective when performed soon after diagnosis. The early removal increases the chance to remove the entire tumor because the lesion is smaller. Early surgical removal also reduces the incidence of cancer spread to lymph nodes near the ear.
Types of surgery used in these skin cancer:
– Cryosurgery with freezing the affected region. In this technique frozen tissue dies and is removed.
– Traditional Surgery: The procedure is similar to the cut of ears in dogs, in which part of the ear is removed with scissors and the skin edges are sutured together.