You might not think about your dog getting sunburned, but it does happen. And nothing puts a damper on fun in the sun like a stinging red afterglow. If you’re taking advantage of the late summer days for hiking and beach-time fun, then you want to make sure you and your pup are protected.
Like people, some dogs are more susceptible than others. As you can imagine, dogs with short coats or hairless breeds are more at risk. Likewise, dogs are most at risk for sunburn on their snout and the tips of their ears.
Sunburn hurts as you probably know. But you might not realize that dogs can also get skin cancer from too much sun exposure. Fortunately, this specially formulated doggie sun protection will help protect your pet.
We have wipes, a spray, and a sunscreen stick for dogs to make sure you have options.
Three Ways to Protect Your Dog from Sunburn
Protecting your pup from the summer sun is simply a matter of awareness and preparation. Just as you wouldn’t slather yourself in vegetable oil and then bake in the sun for hours (we’ve learned a lot since the 70’s!) prevention isn’t that hard.
These dog-safe sunscreen products will help. Besides doggie sunscreen also try these tips for protecting your dog from the summer sun.
- Use shade and/or stay out of the mid-day sun. That 10-4 p.m. window is when the sun is strongest. So, reduce your time outside then and/or use shade. A big tree, a beach umbrella, and even a tent will keep the direct rays off you and your dog.
However, you’ll still want to use sunscreen because the strong rays reflect off the sand and surrounding areas and will still burn.
- Wear something – A t-shirt on your pup will protect the delicate belly but add sunscreen to the ears and snout for more sun protection.
- Protect the paws too – The paw pads can burn on sizzling sand and sidewalks, so it’s a good idea to use a special moisturizer on them when you go out.
Some breeds are more at risk for sunburn than others. Short haired dogs like Boxers and Bulldogs for example have less fur for sun protection. So do Greyhounds and Dalmatians.
Obviously, where you live (or spend time outside with your dog) matters. Florida’s sun is stronger than Minnesota’s so adjust your activities accordingly. Also, if you and your dog spent a lot of time outside, then he’s built up more protection than one emerging from the indoors for a first day at the beach.
Fortunately, using a doggie-safe sunscreen and other precautions like wearing a t-shirt and staying in the shade will help protect your pup from too much sun. And if your dog does get too much sun? Use a cold compress for minor situations but if your pup is red and blistered, then please call your veterinarian.