Many people assume that a dog?s fur protects them from the sun?s
UV rays, but the truth is that, just like people, dogs can suffer
red, painful skin if they get too much sun. A sunburn isn?t only
painful, though; it can also lead to
. So what can you do to
protect your pup?
What Dogs Are at Risk For Sunburn?
While some dogs are better protected from the sun than others, all
dogs are susceptible to sunburn. Dogs that spend lots of time
outdoors working, playing, or hiking
are particularly at risk, as are dogs with little hair (like the
hairless variety of the
), dogs with short hair (like the
), and dogs with white fur
and pink or white skin (like the Bichon Frise
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Ways to Protect Your Dog From Sunburn
So how can you keep your dog safe from the sun? Check out these
Shade and fresh water are important to keep your dog comfortable
and prevent heatstroke
when temperatures rise
. Shade also protects your dog from the sun?s harmful rays. If
your dog spends a lot of time outside, provide them with a kennel,
doghouse, or large umbrella where they can take a break from the
sun and heat.
When it?s hot and bright out, your dog will be at higher risk
for heatstroke and sunburn. To avoid this, take your dog out for
exercise in the early morning or evening when the sun is low in the
Just like humans, dogs can benefit from the use of sunscreen.
However, the key is to select a sunscreen that is effective but
also non-toxic, as many dogs will be inclined to lick their fur
after application. When selecting a sunscreen, use the following
- Avoid sunscreens that contain zinc oxide, as ingestion of zinc
can lead to zinc poisoning, anemia,
and even death.
- Avoid sunscreens that contain PABA, which can be fatal if
- Use pet-safe sunscreens when possible, such as Epi-Pet Sun
Protector and Natural Dog Snout Soother.
- Many natural sunscreens made for children can be safe for dogs.
Ask your veterinarian before
using any sunscreen on your dog that is intended for people.
The most sensitive areas on a dog are the ears, nose, muzzle,
belly, and any other areas with thin hair or exposed skin, so focus
on those spots when applying sunscreen.
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may offer extra protection when the sun is beaming down.
However, be sure to choose?lightweight garments that won?t make
your dog hotter than they already are. You may also want to look
into dog clothes that are specifically designed to block UV
rays.Now that your dog is protected, go have some fun in the
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