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    Default Sunburnt ears?

    Hi everyone,

    I havent been here for a while, got busy with life etc. I hope everyone is well.

    I have been a bit worried about Gigha's ears over these summer months. When she runs they can turn inside out. We are working on a command that is 'fix your ears' which will have her shake her head to turn them back the right way but I worry about skin cancers. Is there a long lasting doggie sunscreen out there that would work? They have never been red from the sun but we lost our first family dog (a bitza with white fox terrier type fur) to melanomas so I do worry. Hats wouldnt work, she would pull them off and eat them as soon as we werent looking so that isnt safe.

    Any ideas people?

    Thanks
    Kerrie

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    Apparently it is safe to use human sunscreen on pooches. We have used it on Oskar when we have gone out in the tinnie!

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    Those few minutes of having her ears inside out won't matter. Sunscreen is more for dogs with white prick ears that are more vulnerable to the sun.

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    Yeah I wouldn't worry about them turning out when she runs. If she is us baking all day i would put sunscreen on them. Kids sunscreen (which is a bit more sensitive) can be used on dogs. Just like on humans though you need to reapply every few hours.

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    The best one I've found for dogs is plain zinc cream. It just may need washing off every week or so as it's a bit sticky and can get dust etc stuck on it. But gives longer protection. I also used to use it on my old Clydesdale's big pink nose and it only needed to be applied once a day.

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    Thanks everyone. I shall get some zinc cream. They turn inside out when she runs but then can stay inside out for while, that is why i am worrying.

    Thanks Heaps.
    Kerrie

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    I used to use blue zinc on my bull terrier x's nose years ago because it would get burnt easily. People would always be asking me why my dog had a blue nose and then looked at me strangely when I said that she refused to wear any other colour of course!

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    Lol! The curse of the floppy eared Dobe- cauliflower ears!!

    I use an animal sunscreen which also repels the flies... If you have a PetBarn close by, they stock it. Just can't remember the name!!!

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    Thanks, We dont have a PetBarn but I will have look at the pet shop next time I am in replenishing the toys that she destroys! TA. Villain have you had any luck with toys? She just EATS anything we buy! Ropes, squeaky pigs, bones, etc. She has a Dental chew and a big 'chicken' flavoured knobbly ring but they dont hold her attention for long. I am after something for evenings, inside while we are watching tv. I do get the chew rawhide things but she cant have one every night. Any suggestions?

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    Have you tried things like rumble balls or weasel balls? I have one for my fur kids. They are a solid plastic ball with a motor inside them (runs on a single AA battery) and they roll themselves around on the floor.
    As soon as the dog loses interest in chewing it and goes to walk away the ball springs to life and starts rolling around wildly.

    You can also get ones with fluffy weasels attached to them that do the same thing if your dog isn't interested in balls.

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